> On Wed, 3 Jun 1998 17:40:58 -0700 Max Dashu
> <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>> ... And take into account the wealth produced by slave labor,
>> which fueled the early economic successes that made the US the
>> "land of opportunity."
Bruce L. Jones wrote:
> So what? Every culture in the world I am aware of used slave labor
> at one point or another in their history. It's kind of irrelavant
> to the topic.
I love reading these things.... I have several friends that have told me
that they are much happier that they were the offshoots of slaves, as they
had been to Africa and have no interest in 'returning to the homeland'....
this was said as a result of another friend berating them for how easy they
had it, as his family were central American slaves, which did not do as
well as those in the States.
People say that slave labor made for the early economic successes, but
slaves didn't do that much mining (colliers from England and Ireland did),
which was the origin of the strength of the industrial revolution in the
states. In fact, the machinery created to handle the agricultural products
harvested by slaves were in fact doing away with the jobs of many of them,
making life better for all. Farmers knew that it was cheaper to have
machinery built cheaply than to pay people to do the work, in some cases
(we still have people picking grapes for wine, apples for premium sales,
etc, because those jobs don't have effective automation processes) so they
only used slaves where it was cost effective to do so.
The only person I've ever heard asking for his 40 acres and a mule only
wanted 10 acres of North Atlanta and a Porche. Guess he had a different
objective for his reparation. Hell, I'd accept 10 acres of North Atlanta,
and I'd settle for a Chevy Nova! I guess I wasn't oppressed enough.
-drs-, descendant of an Irish collier