posted on Nov, 8 2008 @ 06:02 AM
Good links. S&F!
More people need to read the other side of the coin. The problem is that history is written by the victors.
Therefore the truth quite often gets misconstrued. The most poignant point in the whole article is the fact that HARDLY ANYONE is aware of Britain's
role in abolishing slavery WORLDWIDE. My forbears actively tried to stop the trade in humans be it through paying indirectly for the naval patrols off
the coast of Africa or taking part in these patrols.
To this day, Britain is still accused of everything and anything to do with slavery but NEVER credited with being the first country in the world to
abolished slavery and root out its benefactors.
Even the fact that Britain established treaties with the Indian nations of the Americas illustrates that we have always been (or at least tried to be)
a tolerant and fair nation.
While i harbour no resentment towards our American descendants / cousins (quite literally cousins), i do feel that the representation of the actions
of Britain during the "Revolution" were always distorted. Films such as The Patriot etc really anger me. The fact that they are blaming the "King
of England" for unfair taxation smacks of ignorance...all laws in Britain were (and still are) passed through Parliament before reaching the King for
his seal of approval.
More and more people should read this, obviously with a pinch of salt as it is considerably biased in its wording (bear in mind that slave trading in
the Colonies was a legal trade up until the laws of England abolished it - so it cannot really be used as an insult) and you will be fine.