Six inconvenient truths about the U.S. and slavery

Six inconvenient truths about the U.S. and slavery

  1. Slavery Was An Ancient And Universal Institution, Not A Distinctively American Innovation.
  2. Slavery Existed Only Briefly, And In Limited Locales, In The History Of The Republic – Involving Only A Tiny Percentage Of The Ancestors Of Today’s Americans.
  3. Though Brutal, Slavery Wasn’t Genocidal: Live Slaves Were Valuable But Dead Captives Brought No Profit.
  4. It’s Not True That The U.S. Became A Wealthy Nation Through The Abuse Of Slave Labor: The Most Prosperous States In The Country Were Those That First Freed Their Slaves.
  5. While America Deserves No Unique Blame For The Existence Of Slavery, The United States Merits Special Credit For Its Rapid Abolition.
  6. There Is No Reason To Believe That Today’s African-Americans Would Be Better Off If Their Ancestors Had Remained Behind In Africa.

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