The New England Slavers

The New England Slavers

 

Of the 500,000 or so Africans brought over to the good ‘ol USA, it’s likely that as many as 300,000 came courtesy of the New England slave traders and entrepreneurs. The remainder were no doubt transported by others of the big five slaving giants, mainly England. You may have missed this little tidbit in history class. I know I did.

 

Do you know of any slave ports located in North America in the 1700s and 1800s? I bet you do. How about Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia? I’m sure these two have probably been drilled into your head since birth. But, the dirty little secret is there are lots more than these two. Lots and lots. And, they’re all up North where the cotton don't grow. Try these names. Boston, Cambridge, New London, Newport, New York, Philadelphia, Providence and Salem. Get yourself a colonial map of the US and see if these ports don’t start in New Jersey and go all the way up to Maine. And, most of them … GASP! … are in New England!

 

It seems the New England states were up to their necks, big time merchants in the buying, transporting and selling of their human brethren from Africa. They even dropped off several for home use. They were the biggest slave carriers to the Americas in the 1700s, and had their own little route set up from the Puritan Shining Cities on a Hill to the West Indies, over to Africa and then back, making money hand over fist. Some went to the far coast of Africa to avoid the giants of the trade and picked up slaves from points East including Madagascar.

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RECONSTRUCT! South Carolina Highway Patrol

No, no, wait! Sorry about that. "Reconstruct" much bad word here in the South. How about revise, modify, do over? Whatever the verb, it should be obvious to the bureaucrats at the famed SCHP (South Carolina Highway Patrol) and ALL citizens that restructuring the organization is vital as the recent shooting of an unarmed citizen for a violation of the SC "seat belt law" shows. Per my viewing the incident on a Facebook post (none available now .... wonder why?), I recall the officer seemingly "lying in wait" for the "perpetrator" who was in a gas station. When the man came outside he was confronted, reached into his pickup truck for his license and was subsequently shot by the trooper. No matter how it happened, my point is that "gray shirted troopers" armed with "hand cannons on their hip" should not be enforcing minor traffic laws.  

 

In my more naive years I sent a letter to the editor of The State "newspaper" when it was still almost a "real" newspaper. The letter concerned my distress at the waste of man-power within the ranks of the Highway Patrol. (Sorry, make that "person-power"). The letter was well received by the general public, and even produced a letter to me from the then "High Commissioner of the Department of Transportation". Rose was his name, I

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A Great Movie

One of the greatest movies ever made about the era of Lincoln's War. Betcha never even heard of it. It's about ordinary people in the Cumberland Gap area of Kentucky and the horror they experienced because of this unnecessary war. Not just from the Union soldiers, but from their neighbors as well. It's a great history lesson. Inexpensive copies are available on Amazon.

 

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REVIEW of "Why Lincoln Chose War"

I just finished reading WHY LINCOLN CHOSE WAR and felt moved to post my thoughts. I have read dozens of books on Lincoln, and even more on the War between the Federal Government and the Confederate States. This book is well worth the time and money spent for someone who seeks to learn more about Lincoln the man, and his decisions that led this country from Republic to Empire. I frequently speak on this topic and love using another of Spencer's works, SLAVERY AND LINCOLN'S WAR as a quick reference guide. This book will be another.

 

Spencer’s timeline which leads to the showdown at Fort Sumter and Fort Pickens is extremely enlightening for those not familiar with it. It clearly lays out the evidence that Lincoln pushed hard for anything that would give him a pretext for invasion and war.

The book also discusses some of Lincoln's dictatorial actions in consolidating power in the Union,

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About People-South

  

In 2009, I began writing. It was something I had thought about for fifteen years, and done nothing about. Yes, I'm probably the world's greatest procrastinator. But, finally I got going and self-published my first book. It was about Lincoln's War, not from a Southern viewpoint necessarily, but from a "factual" viewpoint. In researching I found there were many, many facts and situations in history about which we the People of the 50 States had been taught absolutely nothing. Such omissions are not specific to this one war, but to all wars in which the united State has been involved since 1848. I learned that modern history writings are typically based on the opinion of the historian, and not just the historical facts. I also learned that we, the People, are supposed to swallow these opinions "hook, line and sinker". 

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Books by Southern Writers

PEOPLE-SOUTH is intended to be a source for all things Southern, and in a positive manner. The subjects suggested are numerous, but we would like to start with BOOKS written by Southern Writers!

A primary reason for this is that I feel Southern writers are denied equal opportunity by the powers-that-be. Any book by a Southerner which even hints of disagreement with what said powers decide is true history, or shows the South in a positive light is headed for the ash heap of the publishing world. Our books are not promoted in any big-time bookstore such as Barnes & Noble or Books A Million. These organizations simply don’t want Southern books on their shelves, especially if they are self-published as most Southern books are today. And, to push such books on Amazon.com requires publicity on their network which they will not provide if the book is not selling well. And, (who’s on first?) no book will sell well if it’s not publicized. Go figure.

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