Didn’t Know Blacks Owned Slaves in America? You Were Taught History …

Ok, this is a little embarrassing. I am a former public high school history teacher. I went to a 4-year liberal arts university and then on to get my master’s degree. I took a lot of history. I read a lot on my own. I watched a lot of documentaries in my spare time. And I never heard this: blacks owned slaves in America. This is the first I am hearing of this and I am really shocked by what I’ve learned. Unless I just missed this lecture in college, this is simply not being taught. But why?

In an 1856 letter to his wife Mary Custis Lee, Robert E. Lee called slavery “a moral and political evil.” Yet he concluded that black slaves were immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, socially and physically.

The fact is large numbers of free Negroes owned black slaves; in fact, in



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