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Exploring the Depths of ‘White Slavery’

In conversations about slavery in the United States, the question of “white slavery” is often raised. It is reasoned that if whites could also be slaves, then slavery wasn’t necessarily based upon race, but upon social status or some other factor. This understanding problematic as it attempts to redefine chattel slavery as it was understood in pre-Civil War America.

Maybe it’s a good idea to take a deeper look at what hereditary slavery was and whether white people were actually subject to such an institution.

‘Every White Man Might Have a Chance’ – South Carolina’s Arguments to Re-Open the Slave Trade

By the mid-1850s, South Carolina led the call for both secession and re-opening the Atlantic Slave Trade. This article takes a look at Governor Adams’ message, as well as the state Congress’ reports upon that message. The majority of South Carolina congressmen agreed with the governor, stating that they regarded the African slave trade “as essential to the development of Southern resources, enterprise and power” as well as “a timely and propitious expansion of Southern civilization.” They concluded that “the undivided opinion of South Carolina is, that the importation of negroes from Africa, and their being made to cultivate our soil, under the equitable laws which control and protect our common interests, would violate no law of God nor any principle of justice.”

This Week in History – Missouri Compromise, Early Anti-Slavery Tract, Alamo, SCOTUS, Black Voters and More

This week in history, we'll take brief looks at Thomas Paine's anti-slavery pamphlet, the Missouri Compromise, the slaves of the Alamo, a few incredibly important Supreme Court rulings, the Confederate Constitution, black regiments in Florida, black Confederates, and the Southern Manifesto. We’ll also take a glance at the nearly forty