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Monetization of Slavery

By Gene Betit | September 20, 2018 |

The total wealth represented by the South’s nearly four million slaves was $3.059 billion, a huge component of the country’s national wealth of $16.16 billion at the time. By 1840, cotton produced by slave labor constituted fifty-nine percent of the United States’ exports. The looms of New England and the British linen industry were wholly…

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Did Slavery Cause the Civil War?

By Gene Betit | September 20, 2018 |

Merely asking this question says a lot about the average American’s knowledge of history. The “peculiar institution” was contentious when we were still colonies and part of William Wilberforce’s twenty-year campaign to end England’s international slave trade. After Parliament passed the Slave Trade Act of 1807, President Thomas Jefferson followed suit the following year. Because…

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Slavery

By Gene Betit | September 17, 2018 |

Most of us are unaware that slavery originally existed in all thirteen colonies. Slowly, Quakers and other religions determined that the practice was immoral, mirroring a process taking place in England at the same time. An Abolitionist movement emerged which actively promoted the end of the South’s “peculiar institution.” The Underground Railroad helped run-away slaves…

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White Supremacy

By Gene Betit | September 16, 2018 |

White supremacy used to “justify” racial superiority by American bigots and Nazi leaders

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White Supremacy and Racism

By Gene Betit | September 16, 2018 |

Concepts of race, “Caucasian,” “Aryan,” master race, Herrenvolk

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