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Re: FPOC and the Limits of Democracy

Selma, your words are troubling and your accusation even more so. Noone excuses slavery of any form, by any country...including the countries of Africa and the Middle East...before the American Civil War or the real time of today's horrific enslavement of women and children.

American slavery was a very complex system. It was a system that was influenced by geography, climate, era, and the culture of the enslavers. This forum proves that there was no "one" template for slavery in the Americas nor "one" template for how people of color gained their freedom.

The contributors to the Free People of Color Forum have broadened my understanding of the life and times of people who gained their freedom in spite of the slave system.

The information that I supplied concerning the Lower South and my observation is based on historical fact. The Spanish law of coartación that I referred to enabled slaves in the Gulf States to gain their freedom. The link below will take you to David Paterson's discussion of this system and his review of Jane Landers' book "Black Society in Spanish Florida.


K Wyer Lane

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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