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SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900 (10) by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr
African Americans were not slaves. They were enslaved. There is a difference. Suffering was inflicted upon them for others selfish gains. In the end, such shortsighted actions brought suffering to Caucasians as well as to African Americans. To be born a human being is a rare event in itself, and it is wise to use this opportunity as effectively and skillfully as possible... so that the happiness or glory of one person or group is not sought at the expense of others.
"White and black slaves from New Orleans", 1863-64. In 1863 and 1864, eight former slaves toured the northern states to raise money for impoverished African-American schools in New Orleans; four children with mixed-race ancestry and pale complexions were deliberately included to evoke sympathy from white northerners.