Tag Archives: Slavery

You should go on strike

Throughout history employers have never voluntarily paid their workers. If left to their own devices employers will pay as little as they can get away with out of their own pockets. This was evident in the prevalence of the slave … Continue reading

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The Florida We Should Be Teaching

In the past three years I’ve picked up a super power. I have the amazing ability to connect almost anything that is happening in the rest of the country, and even the rest of the world, with something that happened … Continue reading

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You are paying to work

Because I have a lot more time on my hands than most I tend to do a lot of thinking. The other day I realized just how many things in a person’s life are centered around their job. Then I … Continue reading

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Florida is a state because of black people

It’s not really in the school history books; but the biggest reason Florida became a state is because of black people. The way Florida’s history is taught in schools here is basically mentioning the Spanish, and Ponce DeLeon, then Florida … Continue reading

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Slaves of A. H. Cole of Putnam County Florida

(There is an update at the end of this post thanks to the hard work of Daniel L. Schafer) White southern tradition holds that we readily lament the loss of our plantations…whether we held one or not. We openly speak … Continue reading

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My family had a slave called Prince

July 22, 1851 was the day that a slave called Prince left Savannah Georgia for East Florida. The manifest describes him as being 28 years old, 6 feet tall, and “black”…which in this case means that he had very dark … Continue reading

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When “Race” Wasn’t About Skin Color

Don’t Go Back Too Far If you’re from the South, you’ve heard this phrase…it’s usually followed by a nervous chuckle. Any time someone in my family has decided to research how long we’ve been in Florida we get told “don’t … Continue reading

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