However, slavery in the Indian nations differed in significant ways from American slavery. By most accounts, black families owned by Indians were not sold apart and usually were permitted to live together even if individual family members had different masters. Indian slaveholders generally did not use violence to control their slaves, and slaves were not regarded as dehumanized beasts of burden. Despite the nations' restrictive slave codes, blacks were allowed to gather on their own for religious services and were usually permitted to learn to read and write. Slaves who spoke and wrote English, furthermore, provided important services as translators for those Indians who were not fluent in English. Because many slaves had been born and raised in the Indian nations and had long family histories among the Indians, they shared many of the distinctive features of Indian culture and daily life. Black women in the Creek Nation, for example, prepared food according Indian customs and wore the same style of clothing as Creek women.
Although slaves did not have lives characterized by brutality and exploitation, they nonetheless occupied a degraded status as unfree people in the Indian nations, and their acts of resistance highlighted their desire to acquire freedom. In 1842 slaves in the Cherokee Nation took horses, supplies, guns, and ammunition and attempted to flee from the Indian Territory to Mexico, where slavery had been abolished. In 1850 Seminole leader Wild Cat left the Indian Territory with approximately three hundred blacks to establish a settlement in Mexico.
Right Back read this today and not tomorrow. Florida minister died Dec. 16th. Sorry.
I'm glad all the male writers in Chapel Hill are talking to each other.
Great profile! I love TMN, glad to have Mr Baldwin in the area.
Terrific excerpt. Life back then wasn't easy for many of our ancestors, white immigrants or black slaves..Just another example of man's inhumanity to man, if the social institutions allowed him to get away with it. "No Irish Need Apply" was a common storefront sign in New York a century ago. ANd so on.
I'm currently reading "Jake Fades"and am thoroughly enjoying it!!!
This piece was written in August '07 and no comments have been made to date (February '09)? That's not a good sign. I came across the bookcover coincidentally in AlterNet News. There was no explanation, synopsis - nothing. Nothing in Amazon.com's listing of the book. I reached this page through Google.
Whatsamattafayou people? Poor elin o'Hara slavick. Has she sold a single book? Is she related to e E cummings? The Indy piece is reminiscent for some reason of Slaughterhouse Five, though Vonnegut's journalistic perspective is from the ground up, which eliminates any of the metaphorical stuff inherent in graphic art depicting nasty social events. I think Guernica does it (art imitating life) better, although some of o'Hara slavick's pieces might rest easier on a wall (and the eye) than would this Picasso.
Sarah set the standard!
Unfortunately, I have not had the opprotunity to read the book, however I have several friends who have. I plan on reading the book in the near future and will not allow the book to distort what I already know about Rev. Kenny. He came to my home church (Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church) when I was 14 years old and was a good pastor and a true confidant. He never judged me nor any of my actions. He always had a way w/ people by meeting them where they were in their life. Therefore, I will always treat him the same manner. He is a human being like myself and should not be looked at as God himself who is free from sin. Being a pastor does not free you from committing sin. As I grown spritually over the years have been taught that God is the only perfect being. So, when those who profess to be Christians cannot forgive, nurture, and support our fellow brothers and sisiters I call them hyprocrits b/c God commands us to do this in the name of his son Jesus. I beleive that Rev. Kenny is a man of the cloth who came under the attack of the Devil b/c he he had and was doing great things at Orange Grove. So, instead of judging and prosecuting him I prayed for him and his family that God would prevail. I do beleive that God's will has been done and for that Rev. Kenny's experiences will be a path to God for someone who is lost. Just remember God is the only true judger.
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