Is it really the Southern mans faught?

     A quick fact on slavery, In 1694 slavery was established in a Virginia court where Anthony Johnson, a black man, convinced a court that his servant (also black) John Casor was his for life. Johnson was also was brought to a Virginia court some years earlier before he went back as an indentured servant; or a person who has a debt to someone else, but he saved enough money to buy out the remainder of his dept. The court ruled in Johnson’s favor, and the very first officially state-recognized slave existed in Virginia. Johnson eventually became very rich and began importing his own slaves from Africa. Eventually the unfortunate repercussions of this decision would come back to haunt Johnson when he was a considered “A Negro and by consequence an alien.” So may be beauty is only skin deep, and may be the government cannot admit to mistakes.

     When the court ruled in the favor of Anthony Johnson to have a slave, they did not give enough reason into why he had a slave for life. John Casor had so much dept that he went to the court to ask for help and was denied and sentence, much like current prisons. Since there was no explanation, all the white man saw was skin tone and the brain process was not very developed and thought black means slavery. So you now have all white men needing work done so would pay for slaves, this wasnt thought of bad because the Government made it law. And no one could ever believe the government would make a mistake.

     So now in the south you have all these land owners and need slaves to work the land. The south was different from the north, in the south you had huge farm lands that are covered with different foods that needed to be taken care of. You have the north seeing the problem they have caused and try to stop it. I’m not saying that the southern slavery sub culture was acceptable but you can’t blame it on the Southern man.

     It is so hard to live in the south and hear how terrible we are when all we did was trust our government. And most people also do not realize that only the rich of the rick could own slaves. Do I trust our American Government? No


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4 responses to “Is it really the Southern mans faught?

  1. Jared Ebert

    I agree that you cannot blame the south alone for the issue of slavery, it is a complex issues whose roots originate in too many different places to pinpoint a single source of blame. However, I think the issue of slavery 150 years later is less about blaming slavery on a group of people and instead learning from slavery. The interesting fact is that the slave-owners thought they were doing nothing wrong and the same is true for numerous travesties throughout history. The question slavery presents today is what will society one day look back at us and say was our own version of slavery? Will they look at the lavish living of Americans during a time period where millions of people are starving and homeless and say the same thing about us as we do about slavery? The deeper subculture here I think is the blame game of Americans, nowhere in this country’s history has a group of generations been so quick to shove off all blame as we are today.
    Passing blame was once a cowardly and unpatriotic thing to do, nowadays it is the “smart” thing to do and the norm. How long can American citizens continue to pass blame for their mistakes until it begins to blast away the blocks of integrity and justice that this country was founded on?

  2. gabriel hitt

    I believe this issue to be the most misunderstood topic in american history. I cant even to begin to rant on here about it. My passions for the rich history of the South and the American Civil War are far too deep. The idiots that blab about slavery in the South generally know nothing of our culture other than what is portrayed in media, which is a blatantly wrong blanket stereotype of backwooded hicks. I for one am extremely adamant and proud of my southern heritage it is a beautiful history. Do not and I repeat do not think I am saying slavery is okay. I think slavery is a horrible thing, but we must properly understand it if we are going to talk about it. I am going to stop because I am too into this issue, but that was part of my rant. Good post Kyle.

  3. Kyle,
    I agree with you on the fact that slavery has been thought of since it was established to be the problem that was started by white southern’s. I found it very intersting that it was actually the government who granted slavery of a black man, not to a white man, but to a fellow black man. To think that slavery was really started over a debt that was owed and not white people just wanting to enslave the african americans like history would sometime want us to believe.

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