Slavery was abolished in America at the end of the Civil War, with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution:
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
The amendment passed Congress in January of 1865 and after much debate it finally passed the Senate in December of that year. As has been pointed out by many, it has a loophole: slavery as a punishment for crime. Continue reading
Posted in American Civil War, Prisons, Slavery, Society, Writing Prompt Responses
Tagged 13th Amendment, American history, Angola penitentiary, Black History, Civil War, constitution, Convict Labor, Isaac Franklin, Loophole, Slave Breeding, Slave Trade, Slavery, Slavery Loophole, The American Slave Coast
I came across an article yesterday on Timeline.com: “The Nazi Breeding and Infanticide Program You Probably Never Knew About”. The article describes the Nazi breeding program that involved encouraging and forcing “pure Aryan” women to get pregnant from “pure Aryan” men and taking the babies to be educated by the SS, as well as the active euthanasia of “impure” babies.
There is a reason you may never have known about this. Continue reading
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Tagged American history, ethnic minorities, Eugenics, euthanasia, healthcare, history, Holocaust, immigration, mandatory sterilization, Nazi Germany, Poverty, selective breeding, women's rights, World War Two, WWII
The average American’s lack of history knowledge and insight has always boggled my mind. When I went back to college to get a degree in literature in the Rio Grande Valley, I had to take a summer course in World History. Five weeks. Because having spent five years on it in my Dutch high school didn’t count. It was five weeks of facts, and not even that many, because we also had to learn world geography. Continue reading
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Tagged America, American history, Civil War, high school, history education, history myths, Lies My Teacher Told Me, Opinion, Slavery, world history
Another question I got from my funk post was: What do European kids learn about American history. Well, I can only talk about what I learned, but feel free to add to it in the comments, Dutch readers.
I had History several times a week, from seventh through eleventh grade, and from Mesopotamia to the Vietnam War, more or less. I seem to remember that we started learning about America in tenth grade, and it would have continued through eleventh grade, whenever America came up in relation to a certain period. This would have been around 1977-1978. I’ll just describe what I remember; trying to be systematic after all those years wouldn’t work.
Let’s have a look.
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Tagged America, American history, Amerikaans, culture, Dutch, education, emigration, history, immigration, Netherlands, onderwijs