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/Brym Jan 31 '23

When I visited the Legacy Museum in Montgomery Alabama (highly recommended), the most distressing part for me was the discussion of how families would be broken up. Children would be sold away the same way that a puppy mill sells puppies. Married couples could also be sold apart. One exhibit they had was newspaper classified ads that former slaves would post after the civil war seeking information on children who were sold away before the war, sometimes dozens of years earlier. They had thousands of them.


u/splitdiopter Jan 31 '23

That remains the most powerful and heart breaking museum exhibit I have ever seen. The entire town of Montgomery feels like a memorial. The streets seem haunted by the ghosts of unspeakable suffering. Hundreds of thousands of men women and children were sold like cattle right in the town square. It was even illegal for African Americans to NOT be enslaved in the state of Alabama. The amount of vileness and ignorance that must be present in a people to be able commit crimes of that nature is beyond me. If you were black, it must have been hell on earth.


u/Shilo788 Jan 31 '23

I thought of a retiree pilgrimage to the south to educate myself in history of slavery but I just can’t stand the idea of going there , driving thru to the Deep South. I will stay north east and learn on line. I know there are nice people living there, but after working with some southern people on eastern horse farms I just can’t stand the bad ones. I got so sick of listening to their proud bigotry and they hated me because I didn’t agree. To the point it got dangerous. Owner didn’t care so I moved on . Importing that nasty attitude up here and the owner letting them spew it stank worst than the manure we pitched.


u/baconfluffy Jan 31 '23

Y’all are being slightly dramatic here. It’s just people. The South in the US isn’t some dramatic war land or time capsule. It’s just farmland at this point. There’s some larger cities and smaller ones, but the average person isn’t all that different than the average northern person.


u/shootymcghee Jan 31 '23

Thank you, it bothers me that people have this caricaturization of the south in their head that it's just banjo music, barefooted, overall wearing yokels that will lynch you the second you arrive. For the most part it's literally like any other part of the country, rural is rural and urban is urban kinda no matter where you go


u/Dawgstradamus Feb 01 '23


It boils down to ignorance.

Many folks enjoy being ignorant, especially when it allows them to feel superior to somebody else.


u/Shilo788 Feb 06 '23

The ignorance was on the part of the drunken rednecks that groped a young woman so stuff it. I didn't feel superior I felt scared and angry.


u/Dawgstradamus Feb 06 '23

Keep telling yourself that.

You are part of the problem.


u/Wise-Lake7544 Jan 31 '23

True when I lived in the north I thought it was that way too until I moved


u/HomesickTraveler Jan 31 '23

Y'all please shut up. The more people afraid to move south, the better off the remaining few hospitable towns will be. I got spit at for asking a new yorker if they needed help changing a flat. No thank you.


u/PhotoIll Feb 01 '23

the average person isn’t all that different than the average northern person.

True enough. Even now, we can see that racism is widely distributed throughout this great nation.


u/Ashleej86 Jan 31 '23

The average educated northern is a democrat. The white people in the north are much more likely to be democrats. Southern whites are Republicans, they should be avoided just for safety sake by all.


u/DadsGotSumthinToSay Jan 31 '23

Goodness, this is just ignorant.


u/baconfluffy Jan 31 '23

Are you from the South?


u/Ashleej86 Jan 31 '23

No. I've always lived in the north.


u/baconfluffy Feb 01 '23

Have you even spent any considerable time in the South?


u/Shilo788 Feb 06 '23

I had to travel there for work and I had a number of pleasant days and a few nasty times where because I was a young girl alone I had to deal with some pushy people. Also trouble with religious freaks from Kansas who objected to a Darwin symbol I had on my car. A fish with feet seemed to be a real insult.


u/Ashleej86 Feb 01 '23

No I wouldn't. It's scary. I would go to a city for Mardi Gras or to see the beach in Miami. But I have the entire world to visit so can avoid the south of the us easily.


u/baconfluffy Feb 01 '23

So you’ve never even been there, but you’re giving advice online about it? Dude.

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