The Pinterest and Plantation Wedding kerfuffle shows how the Left preys on American’s ignorance to destroy both the beauty and the lessons of history.
Immediately after Thanksgiving, I headed to Charleston with my Little Bookworm, who had asked to see a true Southern city. She originally suggested Nashville, but I’m more of a history buff than a country music buff, and there’s no quarreling with the fact that Charleston is one of America’s most historic cities.
You can’t go to Charleston, of course, without being reminded that the British brought African slavery to America. This is not to say that slavery was unknown on the American continent. America already had slavery because the Native Americans, as is true for all Stone Aged people, enslaved those few war captives whom they did not kill. The exception was small children, whom they adopted into the tribe to replenish the ongoing population losses caused by accidents, disease, and chronic warfare. In addition, the Spanish military had enslaved any Native Americans who survived the European diseases to which they had no resistance.
But back to the main point: Charleston and slavery were a matched set from the colonial era through to the Civil War. While America was statistically insignificant in the African Slave trade, receiving only 365,916 African captives compared to the Caribbean’s 5,089,010 and Brazil’s 3,519,910, these relatively small numbers do nothing to erase the fact that, even as the Western world was experiencing the Enlightenment and beginning to recognize that slavery was morally abhorrent, the South kept importing those Africans unlucky enough to have been kidnapped by rival African tribes and then sold by Muslim slave traders.
(Just for a little more perspective, Muslims enslaved – and killed, through maltreatment and castration – as many as 140 million Africans and several million Christians from Europe and the Slavic areas. But I digress.) [Read more…]