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Re: success story:had to tell somebody


Congrats on finding your family! More blacks than you might think owned slaves - for a variety of reasons. See Carter Woodson's book on black slave owners:
Carter G. Woodson "Free Negro Owners of Slaves in the United States in 1830"

Some owned their own wives, husbands and children because they legally couldn't free them. Other's did so because that was the prevailing mode of production at that time in history in the south and they took care of their own economic self-interest, and other's because they inherited slaves from black - white relationships. The history of FPOC in LA is particularly complex - and the 3 tiered racial classifications and status of "mulattos" has a long history there. You might get a better understanding by reading "White by Definition: Social Classification in Creole Louisiana" by Virginia R. Dominguez.

I understand you feelings of un-ease - my cousin found out his ancestor had married a slave and never freed him -and when he hit her one day (after fathering many children with her) - she sold him to slave traders and he was shipped south.

We are not responsible for our ancestors - of any color. We are only responsible for uncovering and documenting their histories.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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