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Originally posted by gougitousakusha
there was white slaves , probably no white american slaves though.
Originally posted by SamTGonzalez
"Antonio a Negro" was among the very first Angola-African people to arrive in America. He came by boat on "The James" to Virginia in 1619, with other blacks and whites, as an indentured servant.
Early in 1620, Johnson was captured by slave traders in his native land of Angola and sold to a merchant belonging to the Virginia Company. (snip) Johnson was sold to a white planter named Bennet to work on his Virginia tobacco farm. wiki
Originally posted by SamTGonzalez
And there you have it, folks. Before this court case, there was no such thing as a "slave". There were only indentured servants. Therefore, The first legal SLAVE owner in America was BLACK!
Although it was Anthony Johnson's court case against John Casor that established the legal status of slavery in Virginia, it is difficult to identify him as the 'first' slaveholder in the state. Johnson himself arrived in Virginia as an indentured servant. The practice of importing Africans started in the Virginia area in 1619, a practice earlier established in the Spanish colonies as early as the 1560s. wiki
In 1665, Anthony Johnson moved to Maryland and leased a 300-acre plantation, where he died five years later. But back in Virginia that same year, a jury decided the land Johnson left behind could be seized by the government because he was a "negroe and by consequence an alien." In 1705 Virginia declared that "All servants imported and brought in this County... who were not Christians in their Native Country... shall be slaves. A Negro, mulatto and Indian slaves ... shall be held to be real estate." PBS.org
Originally posted by freedish
I think it goes to show that slavery is not exclusive to whites, it a human problem, not a white problem.
Slaves who'd been permitted to earn money in their spare time sometimes made enough to buy their freedom. Another route was being bought and freed by free relatives or friends. But some who bought slaves in this way didn't formally free them for years, partly because freedmen paid higher taxes than slaves or whites. Courts since colonial times had recognized the right of free blacks to own slaves. This gave rise to an odd arrangement in which people lived as free but were legally someone else's property. This was benevolent slavery.
Between 1800 and 1830, slave states began restricting manumission, seeing free blacks as potential fomenters of slave rebellion. Now you could buy your friends, but you couldn't free them unless they left the state – which for the freed slave could mean leaving behind family still in bondage. So more free blacks took to owning slaves benevolently. Being a nominal slave was risky – among other things, you could be seized as payment for your nominal owner's debts. But at least one state, South Carolina, granted nominal slaves certain rights, including the right to buy slaves of their own.
Originally posted by 2manyquestions
Being a slave is not exclusive to the blacks, but since the U.S. has been trying to improve it's reputation, it's gone through a process in which it tries to bring these wrong-doings to light and discusses them to no end. We apologize again and again, we celebrate black history month, we teach kids about the evils of slavery, and some continue to use their history as a crutch.