Slaveholders in the US knew that enslaved people were escaping to Mexico, the U.S. tried to get Mexico to sign a fugitive slave treaty, but Mexico refused to sign such a treaty, insisting that all enslaved people were free once they set foot on Mexican soil. history.com/news/undergro…
William Whipple, one of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, freed his slave after signing it because he believed one cannot simultaneously fight for freedom and hold another person in bondage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Harriet Tubman escaped slavery in the southerns states, then returned again and again to rescue 70 more enslaved people. Then later, after the Fugitive Slave Act was passed, she helped guide fugitives farther north into Canada. During the American Civil War she helped the Union Army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Nineteenth century New Orleans socialite Delphine LaLaurie was discovered to have been torturing several slaves in her home for months on end. In public life, she put on a facade of politeness toward black Americans and bragged about taking good care of her slaves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
The Oklahoma Panhandle exists due to a law preventing slave states holding territory above the 36Β°30’ parallel North. When Texas wanted to join the Union in 1850, it surrendered the land so it could continue to be a slave state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okl…
In 1883 there was a meteor shower in Tennessee so massive that plantation owners thought it was the end times and started apologizing to their slaves while "tellin’ some of the slaves who their mothers and fathers was, and who they’d been sold to and where." irishtimes.com/culture/th…
; That Benjamin Wade, considered to be one of the most Radial figures in his era(USA),once wrote that Lincoln's views on slavery "could only come of one born of poor white trash and educated in a slave State. He was angry when Lincoln was slow to recruit African-Americans into the armies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Today I learned of John Brown. An abolitionist who was the first person executed for treason in the US for leading a slave rebellion in 1859. His actions and hanging helped ignite the start of the Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The Great Slave Auction (2nd/3rd Mar 1859) was an auction of enslaved Africans in Georgia, USA. A slaveholder authorised the sale of 436 men, women, children and infants to be sold over the course of 2 days. The auction is regarded as the largest single sale of enslaved people in US history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Marie-Cessette Dumas was a slave in France and mother of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, a French general, grandmother of Alexandre Dumas, writer of Three Musketeers, and great-grandmother of playwright Alexandre Dumas fils, thus earning the nickname "the great matriarch to a saga of distinguished men" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about Junius Groves, a former slave who walked 500 miles from Kentucky to Kansas City, Kansas and became very wealthy after finding great success growing potatoes. zocalopublicsquare.org/20…
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt started a production company while they were married, and Pitt is the current owner and CEO. The company has produced over 30 movies, including The Departed, 12 Years a Slave, Moonlight, The Big Short, MoneyBall, Vice, Selma, Okja, Eat Pray Love, Troy, and The King en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Today I learned of the Cherokee freedmen controversy, whether descendants of slaves owned by the Cherokee are Citizens of the Cherokee nation, in accordance with a 1866 Treaty (after they sided with the CSA in the Civil War). This was only solved in 2017, with the freedmen's descendants granted citizenship en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
During the American Civil War, General William Sherman of the Union Army proclaimed Special Field Order No. 15, a wartime order to allot for "no more than 40 acres" of land to be given to freed slaves. After President Lincoln's death, however, the order was reversed and annulled. wikipedia.org/wiki/Forty_…
Haiti was the first independent nation in Latin America, the first post-colonial independent black-led nation in the world, and the only nation whose independence was gained as part of a successful slave rebellion. britannica.com/topic/Hait…
An American physician in 1815 "discovered" that slaves ran away from their masters due to a mental illness the doctor called "drapetomania." pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h…
Robert Burns begged a local printing house to publish his collection of poems so he didn't need to sail to Jamaica and become a bookkeeper for the slaves on a sugar plantation scotsman.com/arts-and-cul…
Today I learned of Alexander Turner, a slave who escaped from his plantation at the start of the Civil War. He joined the Union Army and guided his regiment to his old plantation in Virginia, where he killed his former overseer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai…
When Thoreau lived β€œalone” at Walden Pond the woods around him were actually full of people, mostly former slaves and poor people who had been forced to live in the margins of society. wbur.org/radioboston/2017…
The city of Philadelphia, which was where Washington had to live when he was president, had laws in place that said any slave that lived there for more than 6 months would be freed. So, Washington set up a rotational schedule exchanging his slaves between states to prevent their freedom. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Due to the use of Nazi concentration camp slave labor during the construction of V2 rockets, more people died during the building of it than were ever killed by it as a weapon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wer…
Dunmore's Proclamation in 1775 promised to free slaves if they fought for the British. Thomas Jefferson referred to his opposition to Dunmore's Proclamation in the infamous deleted section on slavery in the Declaration of Independence en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dun…
Out of the 12.5 million slaves shipped to the New World from 1525-1866, only 10.7 million survived. Crossing the Middle Passage alone claimed 15% of all slaves, or roughly 1.8 million. pbs.org/wnet/african-amer…
At the start of the civil war for reasons now lost to history; a small town in upstate New York named TownLine voted to secede the union even though they had zero slaves.The residents eventually forgot that they rebelled and as a result didn’t β€œofficially rejoin” the union until after WW2. history.com/.amp/news/civ…
Abolitionist John Brown was the first person executed for treason in the history of the United States. He tried to start a violent slave rebellion in Southern US states to end slavery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
There is a race of ants that makes slaves out of other ants en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
In 1863, an escaped slave named Gordon stumbled into Union Army territory in Louisiana. He had trekked 80 miles after escaping a Mississippi plantation, where he had been whipped so badly that he almost died. His haunting image of gruesome injuries became a rallying cry across the North. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor…
Today I learned of Sir Hans Sloane, an Irishman heavily involved in the Slave Trade to his personal enrichment. His botany collections form the basis of todays Natural History Museum. nhm.ac.uk/discover/hans-s…
There are dozens of existing audio-recorded interviews with former American slaves taken mostly in the 1930s/40s about their time as slaves. So we can still hear the voices of people who were slaves. youtube.com/watch?v=T9kPg…
In WW2, Japan used 3500 Allied prisoners of war as slave labour in Borneo. They were starved, beaten, riddled with diseases, and in 1945, subjected to death marches. After Japan surrendered, all remaining prisoners were executed. Only six prisoners survived captivity, because they escaped. ww2today.com/12-february-…
Zombies originated out African/Haitian folklore, but grew into the modern notion by slave drivers who used the fear of zombification to discourage suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zom…
The Black Guard was a Brazilian 19th century secret paramilitary society of recently freed slaves whose purpose was to protect the emancipation of slaves, the Brazilian Imperial family and the institution of the Monarchy against Republicanism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
The Greek tyrant Histiaeus sent a secret message by shaving a slave's head, tattooing the message on the slave's scalp, and waiting for the hair to grow back. The slave was then sent to Histiaeus' son-in-law, who followed his secret direction to revolt against the Persians. heritage-history.com/inde…
Several years after Harriet Tubman escaped to freedom, she returned to rescue her enslaved husband. When she found out he'd remarried another woman and didn't want to leave, she thought about making a scene, decided it wasn't worth it, and then led several other slaves to freedom instead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
In Rome, a male slaves sexual activity was monitored and often restricted unless it was homosexual en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
An African-American man named Garrett Augustus Morgan invented the gas mask and the three-position traffic signal. He was the son of former slaves. transportation.gov/connec…
The War on Calico Cloth started in 17th Century France with penalties for possession ranging from imprisonment to years as a galley slave, and even death for smuggling vpostrel.com/articles/bef…
In the US Civil War, the prisoner exchange system broke down over the CSA's treatment of the Union's black soldiers. Officially, the CSA tried them as rebellious slaves, a capital offense. In practice, they were often just killed instead of captured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Slaves were given redacted bibles so they would not read anything that could cause them to rebel. Most of the old testament and half of the new testament was omitted. history.com/news/slave-bi…
20% of Peruvians have at least one Chinese ancestor. Most were brought to Peru as slaves. After freedom, they adopted their masters’ names, and as a result carry Spanish last names. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
In 100BC, to spite the Romans, prisoners/slave of the second servile war refused to fight in the arena and killed each other quietly with their swords en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
There's a species of ants that abducts larvae of other colonies to use them as slaves. Their own "workers" do nothing but these raids. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
In 1824, Thomas Jefferson introduced legislature for the United States to end slavery by purchasing all slave children, train them for various skills and crafts, and then send them to the Dominican Republic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
During the 18th century Native American women would purchase black slave men, free them, and marry them into the tribe. After l enslavement of natives by Europeans ended, some black men choose to stay with native women since their children were born free, since the mother was free. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Today I learned about Ashley's Sack. Ashley, a slave, was sold at nine years old. Her mother provided a cotton sack as a parting gift. Telling her "it be filled with my love always", it contained a tattered dress, a handful of pecans, and a braid of her mother's hair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash…
A Roman slave master, Vedius Pollio, kept sharp-toothed moray eels in a pool, to throw slaves in to be eaten alive. Wen Emperor Augustus came, a slave accidentally broke a goblet. When Augustus tried to plead for the man's life, Pollio refused. Augustus ordered all Pollio's goblets smashed. napoliunplugged.com/pausi…
Today I learned of Rebecca Latimer Felton, who became the first woman to serve in the US Senate (as a Senator from Gerogia), but only held the position for one day on November 21, 1922. She was also the last senator to own slaves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reb…
Today I learned about Gonzalo Guerrero, a Spanish sailor who was shipwrecked along the Yucatan Peninsula in 1511 and taken as a slave by a Mayan lord. He earned his freedom, became a respected Mayan warrior, and died fighting Spanish colonization of indigenous lands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gon…
A child prince from the Khwarezmian Empire was sold as a slave after the Mongols invaded their land and killed his family. He arrived in Egypt and rose among the ranks until he became Sultan. He then served the Mongols one of their first major defeats in history. A Historical turning point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qut…

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