Slaves Never Built America - Slavery Ruined the South

by Lewis Loflin

Also see Unhappy Facts on Black Slavery and Lynchings in the U.S.

Once again we must employ data and reason, not racial lies and hysteria by Progressive racialists.

The Civil War South produced very little of value. The industrial North produced many times the wealth of the agrarian South without slaves.

To quote:

By 1860, while northeastern states such as Massachusetts and Pennsylvania had nearly $100 million each invested in manufacturing enterprises, even Virginia, the most industrialized of the Southern states, had invested less than $20 million, and the figure dropped below $5 million elsewhere in the South.

A comparison of the value of goods manufactured in each region is similarly lopsided: more than $150 million each for Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, less than $30 million for Virginia, and less than $5 million for Alabama.

75% of whites in the South never owned slaves and in fact were impoverished by it.

Like the swarms of illegal aliens and third-world peasants swamping the nation today both institutions undermine the living standards of poor workers. Meat packing in Virginia pays half of that it did in 1970 - good jobs once held by blacks.

I think most whites were stupid for ever supporting the Confederacy.

Massachusetts and Pennsylvania alone produced 10 times the goods of Virginia the largest southern industrial state.

While it is true "Southern plantations and farms supplied three-fourths of the world cotton crop" cotton exports made up a fraction of the American economy.


Contrary to the Progressive racial dogma to quote,

FREE BLACKS lived in all parts of the United States, but the majority lived amid slavery in the American South. According to the 1860 U.S. Census, there were 250,787 free blacks living in the South in contrast to 225,961 free blacks living everywhere else in the country including the Midwest and the Far West; however, not everyone, particularly free blacks, were captured by census takers.

That's almost 488,000 free blacks and likely an undercount. Total black population was 4.4 million, 3.9 million slaves. Also 27 million free whites, blacks, etc.. Fact: free blacks and American Indians such as the Cherokee also owned black slaves.


There were 5.58 million free whites, blacks, Indians in the South in 1860. Of that 1.4 million free men of all races if we believe the 25% claim owned slaves in the South.

I'll add another 100,000 to cover Kentucky and Maryland. Total 1.5 million freemen owned slaves. West Virginia didn't exist at this time and had few if any slaves to begin with.

1.5 million divided by 27 million X 100 = 5.6% of all freemen white, black, etc. owned slaves.


Now let's add in the tens of millions of white immigrants that came after 1865 could have no possible role in slavery. The number of whites whose ancestors owned slave is under likely 2%.

Yes blacks owned black slaves and even white indentured servants! To quote:

R. Halliburton shows that free black people have owned slaves "in each of the thirteen original states and later in every state that countenanced slavery," at least since Anthony Johnson and his wife Mary went to court in Virginia in 1654 to obtain the services of their indentured servant, a black man, John Castor, for life.

And for a time, free black people could even "own" the services of white indentured servants in Virginia as well. Free blacks owned slaves in Boston by 1724 and in Connecticut by 1783; by 1790, 48 black people in Maryland owned 143 slaves. One particularly notorious black Maryland farmer named Nat Butler "regularly purchased and sold Negroes for the Southern trade," Halliburton wrote.

To further quote:

How Many Slaves Did Blacks Own? So what do the actual numbers of black slave owners and their slaves tell us? In 1830, the year most carefully studied by Carter G. Woodson, about 13.7 percent (319,599) of the black population was free. Of these, 3,776 free Negroes owned 12,907 slaves, out of a total of 2,009,043 slaves owned in the entire United States, so the numbers of slaves owned by black people over all was quite small by comparison with the number owned by white people.

And what percentage of free blacks owned slaves?

...the percentage of free black slave owners as the total number of free black heads of families was quite high in several states, namely 43 percent in South Carolina, 40 percent in Louisiana, 26 percent in Mississippi, 25 percent in Alabama and 20 percent in Georgia.

But it is more complex than that.


American Indians owned slaves and did so before Europeans arrived. Whites took Indians as slaves at one time. So did Hispanics in America.

To quote:

Indian Slavery Once Thrived in New Mexico. Latinos Are Finding Family Ties to It.

ALBUQUERQUE — Lenny Trujillo made a startling discovery when he began researching his descent from one of New Mexico’s pioneering Hispanic families: One of his ancestors was a slave.

"I didn’t know about New Mexico's slave trade, so I was just stunned," said Mr. Trujillo, 66, a retired postal worker who lives in Los Angeles. "Then I discovered how slavery was a defining feature of my family’s history."

Mr. Trujillo is one of many Latinos who are finding ancestral connections to a flourishing slave trade on the blood-soaked frontier now known as the American Southwest. Their captive forebears were Native Americans - slaves frequently known as Genízaros (pronounced heh-NEE-sah-ros) who were sold to Hispanic families when the region was under Spanish control from the 16th to 19th centuries. Many Indian slaves remained in bondage when Mexico and later the United States governed New Mexico...

And who were the slavers?

The trade then evolved to include not just Hispanic traffickers but horse-mounted Comanche and Ute warriors, who raided the settlements of Apache, Kiowa, Jumano, Pawnee and other peoples. They took captives, many of them children plucked from their homes, and sold them at auctions in village plazas.

White, European Spain tried to end the practice:

The Spanish crown tried to prohibit slavery in its colonies, but traffickers often circumvented the ban by labeling their captives in parish records as criados, or servants.

The U.S. Government tried to end the practice:

Seeking to strengthen the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in 1865, Congress passed the Peonage Act of 1867 after learning of propertied New Mexicans (Hispanics) owning hundreds and perhaps thousands of Indian slaves, mainly Navajo women and children.


Ryan P. Smith of March 6, 2016 writes:

When you think of the Trail of Tears, you likely imagine a long procession of suffering Cherokee Indians forced westward by a villainous Andrew Jackson...

What you probably don't picture are Cherokee slaveholders, foremost among them Cherokee chief John Ross. What you probably don't picture are the numerous African-American slaves, Cherokee-owned, who made the brutal march themselves, or else were shipped en masse to what is now Oklahoma aboard cramped boats by their wealthy Indian masters...

Whites owe blacks nothing because few whites even owned slaves. A higher percentage of free blacks owned slaves than free whites. Whites ended slavery while African and Muslim nations maintained slavery in some cases to the 1960s. Hispanics and American Indians also practiced slavery.

Liberals will try to inflate white involvement in even though few supported it. So few a civil war ensued killing over 600,000 whites.

Now let's send blacks a bill for the massive levels of crime, violence, over use of welfare, etc. since 1957. That's a thousand times the value of cotton ever grown in the South.

Social justice (or climate justice) is just Marxism. To quote,

CRITICAL THEORY is rooted in Marxism, and SOCIAL JUSTICE, as social justice warrior Joan Alway admits above, is application of Critical Theory "affecting revolutionary social change." That revolution may be labeled liberation, cultural transformation, or Christian Social Justice, but it begins with Progressives "deconstructing" traditional Western values and culture by redistributing wealth and power. Traditional Marxists tried and failed to accomplish redistribution by establishing class equality. Twenty-first century Progressives are attempting to accomplish it by establishing "identity" equality: sexual, gender, racial equality. These Progressive efforts are evident everywhere in American culture.

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