King Cotton



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Allowing slavery was a compromise

that New Englanders had to make with Southerners to get the Declaration of Independence and later The Constitution.

The American experiment is a journey

Richard F Hicjs more than 1 year ago

New England's compromise ran even deeper

At the time of the Declaration, slavery was permitted in every single English colony that eventually joined the U.S. By the ratification of the Constitution, only the New England states and Pennsylvania had ended slavery. New York, New Jersey, and the future "border states" still permitted it. Many New Englanders today believe that slavery was unique to the states of the Confederacy and are ignorant of their own regional legacy. New York's legal end of slaver fell in 1827, although the 1830 census still counted 75 persons enslaved in the state. (Kings County--present-day Brooklyn--once enslaved a quarter of its population,) New Jersey's final emancipation came with the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, months after "Juneteenth."

I point all of this out not to diminish the legacy of slavery in the South, but to counter the common misunderstanding among Northerners that theirs is mostly an abolitionist heritage and therefore without complicity.

John more than 1 year ago