Photos Of Child Slaves, 1863

Child SlavesVia How To Be A Retronaut, scans of a series of collectible cards, sold to raise awareness of the anti-slavery cause, with photos of slave children whom abolitionists had brought North and freed. It’s an interesting glimpse into how widely “blackness” could be defined in the slave-era South:

‘Slave children, freed and brought North by abolitionists to emphasize the plight of slaves. The proceeds from sale of the photographs were to be used to educate freed slaves who had come under the jurisdiction of the Union Army in the New Orleans area. A caption on one of these photographs points out that the children had been turned out of a hotel in Philadelphia because of their “color.”’

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  • Jin The Ninja

    When people decry ‘regulatory economics’- they  completely ignore the history of US labour practices. This was of an era with NO regulations, no human rights, very little codified protections for anyone but hetero-sexual white xtian landowners.

    So when people want to reverse min. wage, bust unions, and accuse gov’t of failing business by introducing regulations, this is the course the future will revisit. One where instead of mere serfs of capitalism- instead we are literally slaves under the thumb of a fascist corporate state.

    • Monkey See Monkey Do

      There are more economic slaves in today’s world then their has ever been in history. Instead of a fascist corporate state we have a fascist corporate global empire. I dont know if its regulation we need or revolution, but i guess regulation is a start…

      • Jin The Ninja

        agree. we need revolution, but the issue is when you have no laws protecting human rights- well biz/corps utilise that to their full advantage…

      • SF2K01

        As the saying goes, “Who’s we white man?” There are people who are enslaved to the system, although I don’t think you are amongst them unless you consider the very fact of having a job to be slavery, but no matter what system you have, there will always be people who get stuck or end up in bad positions, and in all honesty, the current system has given a great many people opportunities. Doesn’t mean we can’t be doing better, and deregulation is pretty crazy, but we’re hardly living in the dystopian nightmare of yesteryear.

        • Nuggett

          Very true.  But don’t forget that it is this very argument that the elite pit against the less fortunate to justify their greed.  With all of the fantastic inventions galvanized by the Industrial Revolution and Technology, things can and will get even better, assuming we keep a wary eye on TPTB.   

  • Anonymous

    When people decry ‘regulatory economics’- they  completely ignore the history of US labour practices. This was of an era with NO regulations, no human rights, very little codified protections for anyone but hetero-sexual white xtian landowners.

    So when people want to reverse min. wage, bust unions, and accuse gov’t of failing business by introducing regulations, this is the course the future will revisit. One where instead of mere serfs of capitalism- instead we are literally slaves under the thumb of a fascist corporate state.

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    There are more economic slaves in today’s world then their has ever been in history. Instead of a fascist corporate state we have a fascist corporate global empire. I dont know if its regulation we need or revolution, but i guess regulation is a start…

  • Anonymous

    agree. we need revolution, but the issue is when you have no laws protecting human rights- well biz/corps utilise that to their full advantage…

  • Anonymous

    As the saying goes, “Who’s we white man?” There are people who are enslaved to the system, although I don’t think you are amongst them unless you consider the very fact of having a job to be slavery, but no matter what system you have, there will always be people who get stuck or end up in bad positions, and in all honesty, the current system has given a great many people opportunities. Doesn’t mean we can’t be doing better, and deregulation is pretty crazy, but we’re hardly living in the dystopian nightmare of yesteryear.

  • Nuggett

    Very true.  But don’t forget that it is this very argument that the elite pit against the less fortunate to justify their greed.  With all of the fantastic inventions galvanized by the Industrial Revolution and Technology, things can and will get even better, assuming we keep a wary eye on TPTB.   

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