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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 10 years ago

Why are whites remembered only as slave owners, when over 300,000 whites died to free the slaves?

In 1860 there were less than 400,000 slave owners. There were over 2,000,000 Union soldiers. Why blame whites?

More than five times as many whites fought slavery as there were slave owners. There were over 2,000,000 Union soldiers, and most of them were white. There were less than 400,000 slave owners, also mostly white.

Almost as many whites died fighting slavery as there were slave owners. 360,000 Union soldiers died in the war.

Each white who died freed more than 10 slaves. There were nearly 4,000,000 slaves at the start of the Civil War.

So why do whites get the blame for slavery, when five times as many fought slavery as owned slaves?

Why are whites remembered only as slave owners, when over 300,000 whites died to free the slaves?

http://www.civil-war.net/pages/1860_census.html

The Civil War Home Page

Results from the 1860 Census

Slaves: 3,950,528

Slaveholders: 393,975

http://www.civilwarhome.com/casualties.htm

The Price in Blood!

Casualties in the Civil War

The Union armies had from 2,500,000 to 2,750,000 men. Their losses, by the best estimates...

Total 360,222

The Confederate strength, known less accurately because of missing records, was from 750,000 to 1,250,000. Its estimated losses...

Total 258,000

The size of the Confederate army was LESS THAN HALF the size of the Union army.

THE MAJORITY OF WHITES OPPOSED SLAVERY. MORE WHITES FOUGHT AGAINST SLAVERY THAN FOUGHT FOR IT, BY MORE THAN 2 TO 1.

WHITES FREED THE SLAVES.

Update:

Wise Guy, yes the Democrats continued to oppress the blacks up to the 1960's, while the Republicans fought for 100 years to win freedom and equality for the blacks. And the Dems and Reps did not switch places in 1964, the blacks just sold out to the Democrats for welfare money, and deserted the Republicans who had been their friends for 100 years.

The blacks switched parties, the racists did not. Most segregationist Democrats never joined the Republican party.

Update 2:

Elle, do you understand that the slave owners were NOT THE SAME INDIVIDUALS as the Union soldiers?

Why are you blaming 2 million whites for what less than half a million OTHER whites did?

Do you blame all whites for the Manson cult?

Do you know how to count?

Update 3:

Sugar, 400 thousand is LESS than 2 million, not More.

Don't people know how to count?

Have the public schools really failed this badly, that people don't know 400 thousand is less than 2 million?

Update 4:

Polly, good point. Blacks were SOLD INTO slavery by OTHER BLACKS.

So should we remember blacks as the ones who sold the slaves?

It would be the same as remembering whites only as the ones who owned slaves.

Blacks should blame other blacks for their oppression, because that's who sold them into slavery in the first place.

But - not much profit in that, is there...

Update 5:

Sean, most members of the Manson cult were white. So should we blame all whites for the Manson cult? It's the same logic.

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  • Polly
    Lv 6
    10 years ago
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    It simplifies it for the dense libs...who were actually the slave owners--and feel guilty..so they push the argument back to white people- because otherwise they'd have to admit they were the cause..and libs are unwilling and too immature to take responsibility for themselves or their actions.

    Actually, black african tribal chiefs sold their own members to Netherlands, germany, USA,England, India, and many other countries...and are the one who gave up their own for GOLD.

    So whites aren't the ones who started to slave trade-it was black men in africa..ironic isn't it?

    Black people just can't stop complaining--and being the victim--at the hands of their reported oppressors--anybody else!

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Yes there were many white people in America who opposed slavery, but much of the animosity towards whites comes from after the Civil War. While Jim Crow laws were prevalent primarily in the south, equal rights were opposed by many whites from all over the country for a long period of time. It took generations of social struggle for popular sentiment towards racial equality to become the mainstream.

    Yes many prominent whites are remembered for being slave owners. This is because, while not all white people owned slaves, the vast majority of slave owners were white. For example both President George Washington and President Thomas Jefferson were both slave owners, but they are not remembered as such. I understand the frustration, but I also understand the resentment, as I am a member of both the black and white communities. For the record, I am a descendant of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, and I am also a descendant of one of the slaves owned by the Davis family.

    The solution here is to engage openly and freely in the discussion of this nation's history. We need to explore as much of it as possible, and be sure that all sides of the story is told. This is why I personally oppose Virginia's newly recreated Confederate History Month. Not that I am ashamed of my family heritage, but that it only sheds light on a small part of my family heritage. If we keep the discussion open and genuine, then time will bridge the divide between whites and blacks.

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  • Diane
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    yes it happened according to me but they were not punished as they had their control over blacks.african slaves had no say so they could not raise voice too.i don't think they could even find an avenue or maybe daring enough to speak up in that white community.these things were common at that time and africans had no say to consider those people responsible for the happenings

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  • 10 years ago

    They died to keep the Union together, most of the Whites did not care about Black People.

    The South had a good portion of the nation's GDP in 1865.

    Most people do not understand history, and certainly do not understand the economic impacts on history.

    Abraham Lincoln was willing to let the South keep slaves if they did not leave the union.

    Abraham Lincoln is not this great man that history makes him out to be.

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  • Whites are not ONLY remembered as slave owners. Your statement is false.

    We can not acknowledge White slave owners without acknowledging African slave owners as well.

    Any one who does not realize this need to brush up on their history. Whites AND blacks fought for Freedom of Slaves. That's a fact.

    • Slavery began with a cross and a gun, not with Africans traveling to Europe peddling their wares!

      You racists devils lie to save face! White women condoned the scalping of Native American women and girls, yet today want to speak of white women as having been THE OPPRESSED!

      White TERRORISTS!

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  • 5 years ago

    Whites in most European countries accepted the practice of enslaving Africans, proving that white folks are RACIST DEVILS!

    What else should they be remembered as?

    • safe2 years agoReport

      The whites where enslaved from north Africans, Barbary pirates, and Coursers, however, the Africans and Muslims didn't like my pale, mayonnaise having *** burning in the sun all the time, so they got the dark non burning rich in melanin brothers, sorry,not sorry, life sucks 4 alL, U MUST KEEP GOING

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  • 10 years ago

    Technically, only about 10% of the US population favored Abolition and 40% favored war for preservation of the Union, but your point is still well taken.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    It's a sad thing indeed. A Million Women sent their Sons off to War to abolish Slavery. Now they are only remembered as inhumane slavers.

    • Slavery began with a cross and a gun, not with Africans traveling to Europe peddling their wares! You racists devils lie to save face! White women condoned the scalping of Native American women and girls, yet today want to speak of white women as having been THE OPPRESSED! White TERRORISTS!

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  • 10 years ago

    I heard the Civil War wasn't about slavery. I heard it was about States rights versus Federal law. Guess who won.

    • Slavery began with a cross and a gun, not with Africans traveling to Europe peddling their wares! You racists devils lie to save face! White women condoned the scalping of Native American women and girls, yet today want to speak of white women as having been THE OPPRESSED! White TERRORISTS!

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