I also encourage you to read the letter below which I wrote to National
journalist Ellen Goodman who is employed by the Boston Globe newspaper.
Dear Mrs. Goodman,
I Just Finished Reading Your Article "Senators Past Is Not
Forgotten" In Which You Are Highly Critical Of Sen. Trent
Lott. You Quoted Southern Writer William Faulkner "The Past
Is Never Dead. It Is Not Even Past." Does This Apply To Massachusetts
And The Rest Of New England Or Only To Southerners?
Massachusetts Was The 1st Colony To Legalize Slavery By Statute
In 1641. Four New England States, Along With New York, Were Responsible
For The Vast Majority Of The Slave Trade From The Mid 1600's Until
It Ended On April 21, 1861.
On That Date The U.S. Sloop Of War "Saratoga" Captured
The Slave Ship "Nightingale" With 900 Slaves Aboard.
This Slave Ship Was Owned, Manned And Equipped By The City Of
Boston, Massachusetts. The Captain Of The Ship Saratoga Was John
Julius Guthrie, A U.S. Naval Officer, Who Soon Resigned And Joined
The Confederate Service. This Is A Matter Of Record On File At
The Navy Department In Washington. The Last Capture Of A Slaver
Was By A Southern Officer And The "Good" People Of Massachusetts
Were Engaged In Slave Trading Even At The Beginning Of "The
War Between The States" (CIVIL WAR).
The 1st Slave Ship In America "The Desire" Was Fitted
Out In Marblehead, Massachusetts. Dubois, A Famous Black Historian
Wrote "The American Slave Trade Came To Be Carried On Principally
By United States Capital, In United States Ships Officered By
United States Citizens And Under The United States Flag."
Mr. Cecil Chesterman, A Distinguished English Historian, In His
"History Of The United States" Says On This Point, "The
North Had Been The Original Slave Traders. The African Slave Trade
Had Been Their Particular Industry. Boston Itself Had Risen To
Prosperity On The Profits Of The Abominable Traffic." Mr.
Chesterman Asks "What Could Exceed The Hypocrisy Of New England
Men Who Reproach The South With Grave Personal Sin In Owning Property
Which They Themselves Sold Southerners And The Price Of Which
Is Still In Their Pockets".
Thomas Jefferson Introduced Into The Declaration Of Independence
In 1776 A Protest Against The Slave Trade Which He Withdrew At
The Request Of New England. Every Prominent Man In Virginia At
This Period Was In Favor Of Gradual Emancipation And There Were
More Than Five Times As Many Members Of Abolition Societies In
The South Than In The North.
The "Hartford Courant" Newspaper In July 1916 Said "Northern
Rum Had Much To Do With The Extension Of Slavery In The South.
Many People In Connecticut And Massachusetts Made Snug Fortunes
For Themselves By Sending Rum To Africa To Be Exchanged For Slaves
And Then Selling The Slaves To Southern Planters." The Continental
Monthly" Of New York Stated In January 1862 That Boston,
New York, and Portland Were The Principal Ports Of Slave Dealers
And The Trade Added Much Wealth To The Region.
Furthermore New England Was Responsible For The “Alien And
Sedition Acts" Which Would Today Be Considered Extremely
Racist. In 1741 Your Sister Northern State Of New York Burned
Hundreds Of Black Slaves At The Stake Because They Feared A Slave
Rebellion. Later In 1863 During The Draft Riots New York City
Residents Hung A Free Black From Every Light Pole In The City
And Burned The Black Children’s Orphanage Because They Did
Not Want Blacks To Get Their Jobs While They Were In The Union
The People Of New England have Always Been Hypocrites. You Are
Carrying On The Tradition Either Knowingly Or Through Ignorance.
James W. King