Monday, May 4, 2015

Betcha Didn't Know This

Most Americans think they know the history of slavery because it has been an abhorrent part of the American narrative taught in schools, portrayed in Hollywood, and mentioned frequently in the media.
But here is something you probably didn’t know: The first recorded American slave owner was a black man.
Anthony Johnson came to colonial America in the 1600s. He worked as an indentured servant to a tobacco farmer in Virginia. In colonial times servants typically worked under a contract of up to seven years to pay off their passage, room and board, and then their “freedom dues” — materials they would need to start life as a free person.
They were then released after the contract expired, with many of the former servants receiving land and equipment. This was the case for Anthony Johnson, who came to America under the name Antonio from Angola.
After his contract expired, he eventually received 250 acres of land. He then started a farm and enlisted the servitude of four white men and one black, who was said to be his son Richard Johnson.
While these contracts did not make one a slave, the case of John Casor — a black servant Johnson later acquired — would set a precedent and change that minor detail forever.
John Casor was working for Anthony Johnson on an indentured contract when he began seeking help from outsiders, claiming that his contract had well expired but Johnson refused to release him.
A neighbor, Robert Parker, brought a civil case against Johnson, demanding Casor be released. Parker intended to help Casor find another indenture contract.
The courts initially ruled in favor of Parker and demanded that Casor be released. Johnson did so, but after stewing in his defeat, he appealed.
On March 8, 1655, the court of Northampton County upheld Johnson’s right to hold Casor as a slave, stating in it’s ruling:
“This daye Anthony Johnson negro made his complaint to the court against mr. Robert Parker and declared that hee deteyneth his servant John Casor negro under the pretence that said negro was a free man. The court seriously consideringe and maturely weighing the premisses, doe fynde that the saide Mr. Robert Parker most unjustly keepeth the said Negro from Anthony Johnson his master … It is therefore the Judgement of the Court and ordered That the said John Casor Negro forthwith returne unto the service of the said master Anthony Johnson, And that Mr. Robert Parker make payment of all charges in the suit.”
 This case marked the first time anyone who had not committed a crime was held as a slave for life, thus making Anthony Johnson one of the first, if not the most notorious, slave owners (H/T Gateway Pundit).

The problem with slavery is not an issue of race, but an issue of the human condition. Greed and cowardice, not skin color, made Anthony Johnson and countless other slave owners commit such treacherous acts against humanity.  Similarly, the black slaves brought to the colonies were sold to the America-bound slave ships by blacks in Africa.
More schools should teach the full story about slavery, including that of Anthony Johnson.  But as long as schools and writers of history books are held hostage by liberals in academia with their victimization agenda, we know that will never happen.
(Taken from HERE)
So here are the points I'd like to make:
The actual truth is often far different from what we might expect given the way we are taught things and the distortions afforded by those with a particular agenda.
The further away from an event in history we get, the more difficult it is to get history right. People, even "educated" people, tend to interpret history to fit their agenda.
It behooves us, therefore, to avail ourselves of documents written as close to the actual event in history. We are more likely to get it right by realizing that those who lived at the time knew more about an event than we can today. This truth has many implications and applications.


Craig said...

hey, Joe. You're right, slavery didn't start as an issue of race. Indentured servitude was for non-Christians. The early settlers didn't identify as 'white', but as Christian or Englishmen. The transition from servitude was incremental and a slave could be freed by converting to Christianity. Betcha didn't know that.

By the early 1700's slavery was entirely about race. In 1705, the Virginia Assembly passed this declaration,

All servants imported and brought into the Country. . . who were not Christians in their native Country. . . shall be accounted and be slaves. All Negro, mulatto and Indian slaves within this dominion. . . shall be held to be real estate. If any slave resists his master. . . correcting such slave, and shall happen to be killed in such correction. . . the master shall be free of all punishment. . . as if such accident never happened.

Not an issue of race?

Anthony Johnson was one of the first slaveholders but upon his death, his land was seized by the govt. because he was a "negroe and by consequence an alien."

This effort to clean up history with "blacks did it too" is really pathetic.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

The LEFT also conveniently forgets that it was BLACKS who sold their own people into slavery!

sue hanes said...

Joe - I didn't know that.

Joe said...

Craig: You are a leaf twisting in the wind.

GEC: No mention of that by the Black community.

sh: Learn something new every day.

Craig said...

Craig: You are a leaf twisting in the wind

Yeah, it's lonely being the only one here who knows a whitewash when he sees one.

Glenn, The LEFT hasn't forgotten. What is your point? BLACKS are to blame for being OWNED by WHITES? Does that make you feel better? If only those devious negroes from the DARK continent hadn't made slave traders buy slaves.

Joe said...

Craig: As usual, you can't see past the nose, pre-conceived notions and/or agenda on your face.

"The problem with slavery is not an issue of race, but an issue of the human condition."

See, the point is that if the human condition were not what it is, there would never have been slavery.

But humans have engaged in slavery for thousands of years, white on white, white on Middle Eastern, Asians on Asians, Asians on White, White on Asian, White on Black, Black on Black and Black on White.

Jews were slaves of Egypt long before Whites enslaved black Africans. There has never been a group of people who did not engage in slavery at some time in their history.

Race is not the issue. The total depravity of man is the issue.

But you will never see or acknowledge that.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

The FACT is that the slave trade was already part of the African culture before the Europeans came there. And the Europeans were just another customer for slaves. It IS the fault of the blacks that blacks were enslaved. Blacks are the root source. The Europeans/Americans are not innocent, but they are accessories AFTER the fact. So blacks need to quit whining about slavery that ended 150 years ago and quit demanding reparations, and quit saying it is all the white man's fault. Look in the frigging mirror to see that black people who sold their own people into slavery. If any reparations are due, get them from Africa where the slaves were sold.