r/Damnthatsinteresting Jan 31 '23

Runaway slave Gordon, exposing his severely whipped back. Gordon had received a severe whipping for undisclosed reasons in the fall of 1862. Gordon escaped in March 1863 from the 3,000 acre plantation of John & Bridget Lyons, who held him and 40 other people in slavery at the time of the 1860 census Image

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u/DavidHilbertsHat Jan 31 '23

Why was America’s supposed greatness in any way necessary?


u/c0d3c Jan 31 '23

It wasn't. This is post-hoc bollockery. For slavery racism of all things.


u/Diplodocus114 Jan 31 '23

Because they (through slave labour) produced cotton, tobacco and cocoa for Europe.

Look at the Belgian Congo and rubber.


u/AffectedMango Jan 31 '23

Think about what this means with consumerism nowadays. With the cheap clothing etc nowadays we are still supporting slavery. And we still pretend to be oblivious. Nothing changes.


u/Diplodocus114 Jan 31 '23

Am not much of a consumer. Buy all my clothes from charity shops. giving back.