by Kenn Daily
Continued from Part 1 …
7. Some blacks became wealthy in the antebellum South.
Hidden from familiar history by revisionists are blacks who became wealthy in the antebellum South. The notion of rich black people in the South simply doesn’t fit the nonsensical revisionist narrative that all blacks lived in brutal conditions on white-owned plantations.
One of the first women in America to effectively become a self-made millionairess was Eulalie d’ Mandeville. Mandeville was a free-born black woman in New Orleans. By the mid-1840s she had amassed a fortune valued at about $4.2 million in today’s (2015) dollars. Mandeville purchased dry goods abroad, warehoused them, and resold them through a network of retailers.
Revisionists don’t want us to know that the success of this brilliant black woman was dependent, in part, on the utilization of slave labor. That would undermine the precedent for reparations and other absurdities. Nor do they want us to know that Southern white retailers had no qualms about creating business ties with black people.
8. Black crime and gang attacks were common in the 19th century.
In 1828 19-year-old Abraham Lincoln and a friend were the victims of an attack by a group of black thugs.
According to Lincoln’s autobiography the two were “attacked by seven Negroes with intent to kill and rob them. They were hurt some in the melee, but succeeded in driving the Negroes from the boat, and then “cut cable” “weighed anchor’ ‘and left’.
9. Blacks voluntarily fought for the Confederacy.
Black Confederate troops were featured on the cover of Harper’s Weekly in 1863 and numerous photographs of blacks in Confederate uniforms are accessible on the Internet.
The first military conscription (draft) in American history was enacted on April 16, 1862 by the Confederacy to boost the army’s shortage of manpower. Even though Negros were not drafted except as noncombatants until March 1865, many volunteered. Blacks voluntarily formed a regiment in North Carolina, for example.
The May 10, 1862 edition of Harper’s Weekly is one of numerous historical records. It provides this account: “The correspondent of the New York Herald, in one of its late numbers, reports that the rebels had a regiment of mounted negroes, armed with sabres, at Manassas, and that some five hundred Union prisoners taken at Bull Run were escorted to their filthy prison by a regiment of black men.”
83% of Richmond’s male slave population volunteered for duty.
Frederick Douglas famously noted,
There are at the present moment many Colored men in the Confederate Army doing duty not only as cooks, servants and laborers, but real soldiers, having musket on their shoulders, and bullets in their pockets, ready to shoot down any loyal troops and do all that soldiers may do to destroy the Federal government and build up that of the… rebels.
Douglas was frustrated that black Confederate soldiers were treated with more dignity than their black counterparts serving in the Union army. Specifically, Douglas seemed concerned that black Confederate soldiers were allowed to carry fire arms as combatants while black Union soldiers were consigned to menial, non-combatant tasks.
10. The last Confederate field general to surrender was a Cherokee Indian.
The revisionist imagery of a White Southern army is further dismissed by Brigadier General Stand Watie, a Cherokee Indian and principle chief of the Cherokee nation.
Not only was the last Confederate field general to surrender a Cherokee Indian, he was the chief of the Cherokee nation.
The Cherokee Nation voted to support the Confederacy, Watie was placed in command of the First Indian Brigade of the Army of the Trans-Mississippi that included Cherokee, Seminole, and Osage infantry.
11. The Emancipation Proclamation only freed some slaves in the Confederacy.
It is commonly known, but seldom acknowledged, that the Emancipation Proclamation only applied to slaves living in most of the Confederacy. From the Union’s perspective, therefore, slavery was legal in parts of the North but not in most of the South. The concept of a slavery-free Union fighting a slave-legal South is an inversion of reality from the North’s perspective. The Union considered the South legally free while the North was not.
The Union slave states of Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland and Delaware were not affected by the proclamation. Slavery remained legal in Tennessee, that state being under Union control at the time the proclamation was enacted. New Orleans and thirteen Louisiana parishes were likewise exempted.
The Emancipation Proclamation actually freed about 20,000 slaves when it went into effect on January 1, 1863. Slaves living in certain Confederate regions controlled by the North were not freed.
From the Union’s perspective 500,000 slaves in Union States and 300,000 slaves in exempted Southern areas were legally unaffected by the Emancipation Proclamation at the time it was enacted.
12. About one-third of lynching victims were white.
There were 4,743 victims of lynching between 1882 and 1968. Of those 1,297 were white and 3,446 were black.
Lynchings occurred in 44 states. There were more whites than blacks lynched in 25 of those 44 states.
The Department of Justice informs us that each year there are an estimated 10,000 black-on-black homicides. Using 10,000 as a mean, there are as many black-on-black homicides every four months as there were blacks lynched during the 86-year lynching era.
13. Rosa Parks was not arrested for violating Jim Crow rules.
Rosa Parks was arrested and fined for defying the authority of a bus driver, not for violating a Jim Crow rule.
Montgomery, Alabama’s Jim Crow rule designated the first ten seats on each bus as “whites only”. Parks was seated in the eleventh row. She was ordered to move by the driver who was acting on his own legal authority unrelated to Montgomery’s prevailing Jim Crow rules that allowed black passengers to remain seated when no other seats were available.
Drivers were endowed with authority similar to that currently held by commercial airline personnel.
Kenn Daily is the publisher of DailyKenn.com. Now 62 years old, Kenn formed his conservative views at the age of 14 and was an early member of Young Americans for Freedom. He is a vociferous anti-racist but sets himself apart from most conservatives by refusing to be bullied into silence regarding racial issue. Violent black crime is a signature issue of his website.