American Negro Slavery
One of the goals I have set for myself is to work on putting documents in this Library section that relate to the overall goals of this website; documents that will help educate readers. I mention in my parenting ebook that everyone can learn lessons from history, from events that really happened and from the consequences that occurred. But if real true history is not taught, if history is altered or watered down or hidden, then those ignorant of the real facts may be destined to repeat mistakes that were made long ago.
I was drawn to this particular older book (now in the Public Domain in the US). I have not altered the text of this book in any way. I did not alter any of the spelling of the words etc. There are a few sections where I didn’t completely understand a word or two – that will have to be something I include in future research sometime in the future. So the book is posted on this website exactly as it is in the printed book. The footnotes are arranged a little differently because they are at the bottom of the page in the book. On my website I have posted the footnote immediately below the paragraph they are linked to.
American Negro Slavery was published in 1918, and was written by a Phd Professor of American History. You can tell by the many footnotes listed throughout the book that Professor Phillips did a lot of research in preparing this book. I was drawn to Chapter VII, so I read that chapter first. And I quickly discovered that Chapter VII mentions the Golden Rule: “Christopher Gadsden had written in 1766 likening slavery to a crime, and a decade afterward Henry Laurens wrote: “You know, my dear son, I abhor slavery…. The day, I hope is approaching when from principles of gratitude as well as justice every man will strive to be foremost in showing his readiness to comply with the golden rule.”
I plan to post each chapter of this book on my website. I started with Chapter VII, Revolution and Reaction. I will continue adding chapters each week. I recently added Chapter VIII, The Closing of the African Slave Trade. Anyone interested in all of the back and forth games that the Congress of the United States has been playing these last few months might find Chapter VIII of this book very interesting. Chapter VIII is about Congress and politics and all the back and forth things that occurred as the subject of Slavery was being discussed. The next two chapters I worked on were: Chapter XI, The Domestic Slave Trade (Now posted on this website); Chapter XX, Town Slaves (Now posted on this website); and Chapter XXI, Free Negroes. Now that those chapters are completed and published on this website, I am working on the rest of the chapters in the book, beginning with Chapter I. I will add all the rest of the chapters, through to the last chapter, Chapter XXIII. There are some very interesting history facts mentioned throughout this book.
UPDATE October 2012: I have added additional chapters. check out the list below. Chapters I through XII, Chapter XX, Chapter XXI part 1, and Chapter XXI part 2 are posted here. I am trying add at least one chapter each week.
Click on the links below to go to a particular chapter in this book.
AMERICAN NEGRO SLAVERY
A Survey of the Supply, Employment and Control Of Negro Labor
As Determined by the Plantation Regime
ULRICH BONNELL PHILLIPS, PhD
Professor of American History in the University of Michigan
D. Appleton and Company
New York, London; 1918
Printed in the United States of America
NOW IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN IN THE US