‘Teachable Moment: History 101’

Posted 9/25/17

To The Editor:

I’m posting this comment due to the circumstances that there are individuals who want to remove the history of some of the Founding Fathers, along with statues of people that …

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‘Teachable Moment: History 101’

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To The Editor:

I’m posting this comment due to the circumstances that there are individuals who want to remove the history of some of the Founding Fathers, along with statues of people that owned slaves.

The following facts will not be found in current American History books about slavery during the founding of this great nation. We all know why it isn’t taught ... because it would disrupt the liberal agenda.

Anthony (Antonio) Johnson, a black Angolan, was captured by enemy tribes and sold to Arab slave traders and was eventually sent to the colonies. Upon arrival in Virginia, he was sold to a man named Bennet as an indentured servant (in the early 1600s there were no slaves; we were under British rule).

Upon completing his contract as an indentured servant, he was released by Bennet and given 250 acres of land. He became very successful and acquired five indentured servants (four whites and one black).

The black man, John Casor, upon completing what he thought was his contract, wanted to be a free negro. The case went to the British courts, and after an appeal it was ruled that Anthony Johnson still owned John Casor for life.

Thus, Anthony Johnson was one of the first slave owners and John Casor was most likely our first slave in the colonies.

In all retrospect, I admire Mr. Johnson. He went through a lot of tough times. For one example, he survived the Indian massacre of 1622 in which 52 of 57 men died.

Furthermore, there are monuments of this man, a slave owner, and his memory should not be desecrated once the liberals find out who he was.

That won’t happen though. After all, he was a minority.

— Bill Vaughn

Charleston

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