People like to think that only “white” plantation owners owned and used enslaved labor. People like to think that it was only “white males” who fathered children with enslaved female negroes. The list could go on.
The article, Did Black People Own Slaves? by Henry Louis Gates Jr (at The Root) reminds us that they did. This challenges us to be open-minded when looking into the records of who owned slaves and why – both in terms of who, where, when, why, etc. The history is complex and the repercussions have been long-lasting.
Some other articles on the same topic are:
- Dixie’s Censored Subject – Black Slaveowners
- The Black Slave Owners
- First Slave owner in the US was black and more history they don't want you to know
Were your ancestors enslaved by a black owner?
Have you been challenged to determine the “race” of who owned your ancestors?
copyright © National Ge
3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, Virginia 22204-4370. http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.
Want to learn more about interacting with the blog, please read Hyperlinks, Subscribing and Comments -- How to Interact with Upfront with NGS Blog posts!
NGS does not imply endorsement of any outside advertiser or other vendors appearing in this blog.
Republication of UpFront articles is permitted and encouraged for non-commercial purposes without express permission from
Please drop us a note telling us where and when you are using the article.
Express written permission is required if you wish to republish UpFront articles
for commercial purposes. You may send a request for express written permission
to [email protected].
All republished articles may not be edited or reworded and must contain the
copyright statement found at the bottom of each UpFront article.
Think your friends, colleagues, or fellow genealogy researchers would find this blog post interesting? If so, please let them know that anyone can read past UpFront with NGS posts or subscribe!
Suggestions for topics for future UpFront with
NGS posts are always
welcome. Please send any suggested topics to [email protected]