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Ancient War nd sold into colonial indentured servitude with many landing in Virginia and New England. Indentured servitude was not slavery. It didn’t have the same ideology of racial dehumanization. And it was for a limited period, typically seven years. Yet, these people often had their term extended or died before they got their freedom. Indentured servants worked side by side with slaves. For many years, white indentured servants outnumbered black slaves. Our next story, one you won’t find in Howard Zinn, is set in South Carolina, where we encounter one of the most feared plantation owners in the South. Meet William Ellison. Born himself into slavery, Ellison was freed as a young man. He became a blacksmith, then a mechanic for cotton gins. And then went into farming where he eventually owned , acres and slaves. He was also known as a slave breeder, a practice shunned even by most white slave owners. That’s a fine young one for you. When the Civil War broke out, Ellison supported the Confederacy, investing in Confederate bonds and supplying food and provisions for the Confederate army. Ellison’s story is told by the African American scholar Henry Louis Gates. Gates and other scholars estimate that in the period before the Civil War, there were approximately , free blacks who owned more than , black slaves. In South Carolina and Louisiana, Gates points out, the percentage of free blacks who owned slaves was approximately the same as the percentage of whites who owned slaves. These episodes illustrate the universality of the conquest ethic and the uniqueness of the American response to it. Slavery existed all over the world. The Egyptians had slaves. The Chinese had slaves. The Africans did. American Indians had slaves long before Columbus. And tragically, slavery continues today in many countries. What’s uniquely Western is the abolition of slavery. And what’s uniquely American is the fighting of a great war to end it. Zinn wants a narrative of American shame. That’s why he leaves these stories out. And that’s why we have a moral obligation



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