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Oslo in NC    Posted 02-09-2005 at 16:09:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Slavery and the Making of America
PBS 12 Feb 09 09:00pm Add to My Calendar
Series/Other, 120 Mins.
"The Downward Spiral; Liberty in the Air",
I saw a promo. for an upcoming show on PBS tonight. It looked like it might give some incite on slavery and, of course the Civil War. Many of the arguements concerning that war are based on misinformation. My purpose for mentioning this program is not to fuel any debate on this forum, but rather for you to say "I didn't know that". Hopefully this show should raise questions by us all. I have my beliefs about slavery and the war and they don't coincide with some of the talking heads on TV. I hope this show spurs discussion not debate.

I will be looking particularly at one comment concerning Deleware just before the war began. They had slaves. Other states may have also, but how can it be said that the war was fought over slavery if Deleware had slaves.

Did you know that it has been said that the Civil
War defined us as a country? That is a very provocative statement to say the least.

In any case, I hope you watch it and I hope we aren't disappointed. Please, again, do not let this start a political or a prejudical arguement.

Episode #101W.
The origins of slavery in America; expansion of slavery in the colonies and how the enslaved resisted their oppression.

Original Airdate: February 9, 2005.

Bill    Posted 02-10-2005 at 05:14:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would put forward that it was not that much different than it is today- taxes and trade. The original taxation set-up in the Constitution was for import and export tariffs to fund the government aided by the sale of coinage to the states and a flat head tax levied on each state.

There was a slow shift towards tariffs and away from the head tax which effectively shifted the tax burden from the North to the South. The North produced goods which were not subject to tariff- and the South exported cotton and tobacco and imported goods which were all subject to tariffs.

KellyGa    Posted 02-10-2005 at 00:44:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I watched as much of it as I could before watching the back of my eyelids took over, lol. You know what, all that in the first hour I watched, Shelby just studied in her fourth grade Social Studies book! I remember us reading about it all and studying it together. It had about the endentured servants and the slaves. Of course, it wasnt as detailed as the show, it is fourth grade, but still, pretty interesting.

Dug    Posted 02-09-2005 at 20:51:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bill has a good point, watch the show, but research the subject yourself. The origin of the African slave in America was based on the slave trade of warring tribes in Africa.

The civil war was not fought over slavery but rather succession. The slaves were freed late in the war as a back breaking effect to the southern resistance.

bill b va    Posted 02-09-2005 at 19:07:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
i hope you do some serious and deep research on this subject before you make up your mind .
historians and movie producers are notourious for writing things the way they would like them to be rather than the way they were . some times things are completely obmited . most people have been lead to believe the white man went to africa and captured the natives for slaves . the truth is the slaves were sold to the white men (and black people also ) by their own people . most times by other tribes but not always .slave trafficing still goes on deep africa today

puldeau    Posted 02-09-2005 at 19:41:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bill. you pretty much hit the nail on the head. the money from the slave trade made many princes and kings a ton of money back then. that was what made the economy . and no slave was put on a ship before payment. if any reparation is to be made, let it be from where it really started. yes, this isnt hollywoods version at robert

midway    Posted 02-09-2005 at 17:26:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
From what I can remember, slavery was not the reason for the start of the war between the states

fredo.    Posted 02-09-2005 at 17:35:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
it was to stop sesession from the union.


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