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California’s forgotten slave history

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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk, 1/19/2020 10:49:54 AM

Separated by just 60 miles along the I-10, Los Angeles and San Bernardino feel worlds apart. The former boasts some of the richest urban developments and residential pockets in the nation. The latter — a “broken city,” as this newspaper put it in 2015 — struggled through five years of bankruptcy and municipal dysfunction. (Snip) Before the Civil War, San Bernardino was the most prosperous and fastest-growing settlement in Southern California. San Bernardino’s early success rested on a pair of seemingly incongruous forces: Mormonism and slavery. In 1851, some 450 Latter-day Saints — Mormons — were sent by their church from Utah to establish a colony

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Quite an interesting read, Mormonism using both black and “adopted” Indian children as their slaves. It got so bad, it seems that Brigham Young had to quash this evil actions. Never heard about this before, and have often wondered about the Chinese brought here to build our transcontinental railroads.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Highlander 1/19/2020 11:36:24 AM (No. 292577)
San Bernardino is a fur piece from the Mason-Dixon Line. An anomaly in one geographical point on a map does not mean California was a slave state. Those Mormons were a law unto themselves, unfettered by Federal oversight.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird 1/19/2020 12:37:00 PM (No. 292655)
When authors have a cause - as Professor Gordon does - facts can get manipulated, broad brushes come out…and liberal newspapers have a field day. They managed to smear Mormons, call for recognition of the black and Indian (notice they didn’t say “Native American”) slaves, bash the Southern states, and label California a “slave state. This was apparently the LAT’s offering for MLK observance.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird 1/19/2020 12:41:10 PM (No. 292659)
(hit submit too soon) San Bernardino was an agricultural area. There are many in California because of the soil and the climate. It was natural that the Mormons might head for an area that was barely populated and start a settlement. Now San Bernardino is largely Hispanic. LA grew because it was a business center, with two major ports. San Bernardino is still thought by Southern Californians to be the middle of nowhere.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Italiano 1/19/2020 1:20:39 PM (No. 292693)
It all evens out. Nowadays we California taxpayers are the slaves.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rumblehog 1/19/2020 2:24:40 PM (No. 292735)
All of the "colonies" were slavers, especially the north, who were sent "free" slaves from England and Ireland by the hundreds and were literally worked to death in the New World. Yes, they were white and came without cost, therefore worth less than a "paid for" black African.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird 1/19/2020 3:23:00 PM (No. 292774)
The authors are on a mission. Note their bio info at the end of the article: Sarah Barringer Gordon is a professor of law and history at the University of Pennsylvania. Kevin Waite is an assistant professor of history at Durham University. They are co-directing a project on Biddy Mason and the African American origins of Los Angeles, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Proud Texan 1/19/2020 5:23:54 PM (No. 292834)
Most peoples of the world have been slaves at one time or another in history. Some still are in Africa and Asia. We don't have slavery in the Western World so "victims' have to use their imagination and announce to the world all the suffering they are experiencing due to something that happened generations ago. It has gotten so old that printing these stories is a waste of ink.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: radrelic 1/20/2020 10:50:59 PM (No. 293749)
Re #1, People were sent to settle on very likely spot with likely. farm land that had a water source. San Bernadino was south western futherest point. Californian missions had Indian forced labor. California and Utah in 1847 had similar slave state vs free state policy-those with slaves could keep them and those former freed slaves were freemen. No Indian slavery by whites as a policy in Utah to my knowledge. The call to come home was to be there for the Utah War or Buchanan's Blunder when they launched half the standing army without telling Utah why they were coming (or even that they were coming) This before telegraph lines for better communication..
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