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African Americans were not slaves.  They were enslaved. There is a difference. Suffering was inflicted upon them for others  selfish gains. In the end, such shortsighted actions brought suffering to Caucasians as well as to African Americans. To be born a human being is a rare event in itself, and it is wise to use this opportunity as effectively and skillfully as possible... so that the happiness or glory of one person or group is not sought at the expense of others.

“Black people did not "come to this country seeking a better life.” They were kidnapped from their homes in Africa, dragged in chains and loaded onto slave ships–treated not like human beings but like things, commodities to be traded and used to.

21 Things You Didn't Know About African-American Slave Narratives

21 Facts About African-American Slave Narratives

Four generations of a slave family on Smith’s Plantation, Beaufort, South Carolina, circa 1862 (Timothy H. O'Sullivan) Source: Library of Congress

Abraham Lincoln -     Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States and was responsible for abolishing slavery ... This photo was taken by one of Lincoln’s best-known photographers, Alexander Gardner. Date: Nov. 8 1863. Photographer: Alexander Gardner.

100+ Portraits of Iconic People of All Time

150 years ago today, the 13th amendment passed - Fall of the South: Congress Passes Thirteenth Amendment

150 Years Ago: Congress Passes Thirteenth Amendment

Taken by George Barnard in Atlanta during Sherman's 1864 occupation. The slave auction house stood on the block Five Points

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States honoring African American heritage by commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. State of Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a combination of June and nineteenth

Juneteenth (aka Emancipation Day) marks the date that slaves in Texas learned that slavery had been abolished - June "Juneteenth" is recognized as a state holiday in 41 states.

Slavery in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Many free colored persons are annually sold into hopeless slavery from having been kidnapped, or by arrangement to enter service far from their homes.

"Gordon, a whipped Mississippi slave, photo taken at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1863; the guilty overseer was fired."

Peter, a slave in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, photographed with his intense whipping scars on April “Overseer Artayou Carrier whipped me. I was two months in bed sore from the whipping. My master come after I was whipped; he discharged the overseer.

Slavery in the United States was a form of slave labor which existed as a legal institution in North America for more than a century before the founding of the United States in 1776, and continued mostly in the South until the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1865 following the American Civil War. Most slaves were of African descent and were held by whites - an estimated 645,000 were brought to what is now the United States.

LEST WE FORGET.Some of the most heartbreaking — pictures made between 1861 and while battles raged between the North and the South. Pictured: A former slave reveals the scars on his back from whippings before he escaped to become a Union soldier.

Booker T. Washington - "If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." <3 Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915) was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to Republican presidents. He was the dominant leader in the African-American community in the United States from 1890 to 1915.

Booker T Washington (April 1856 – November was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to Republican presidents. He was the dominant leader in the African-American community in the United States from 1890 to

Two children who were likely emancipated during the Civil War, circa 1870.

Rare Photo of Slave Children Found in NC attic A haunting photo found in a North Carolina attic shows a young black child named John, barefoot and wearing ragged clothes, perched on a barrel next to another unidentified young boy.

Slavery in the United States - Children who were born to slaves began working as soon as they were able.

America's history of slavery - Children who were born to slaves began working as soon as they were able.

Slavery in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Lord Is My Shepherd 1863 Eastman Johnson, born Lovell, ME New York City 1906 oil on wood 16 x 13 in.) Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Francis P.

John Brown ... advocated and practiced armed insurrection as a means to abolish slavery in the United States.  Executed in 1859, but his speeches at the trial captured national attention. Brown has been called "the most controversial of all 19th-century Americans" and "America's first domestic terrorist."

John Brown daguerreotype, On Oct. hoping to start an armed slave revolt, American abolitionist John Brown led a raid on the Harpers Ferry Armory in Harpers Ferry, Virginia.

Frank Schaeffer: America's White Male Republican Evangelical Magical “Thinking” Racist Problem Is ALL of Our Problem

America's White Male Republican Evangelical Magical "Thinking" Racist Problem Is ALL of Our Problem

37 maps that explain the American Civil War - Vox. The delicate balance of power between free and slave states.