History June 06, 2019 at 01:00 pm

Here are the top 5 lies that have been told about American slavery

Mildred Europa Taylor | Head of Content

Mildred Europa Taylor June 06, 2019 at 01:00 pm

June 06, 2019 at 01:00 pm | History

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All Southerners owned slaves

Historical accounts state that U.S. slaves lived mainly in the South, throughout colonial and antebellum history. By 1790, 293,000 slaves lived in Virginia alone, making up 42 per cent of all slaves in the U.S. at the time, statistics cited by EH.net show. South Carolina, North Carolina, and Maryland each had over 100,000 slaves. After the American Revolution, the Southern slave population increased, reaching about 1.1 million in 1810 and over 3.9 million in 1860. Nevertheless, figures show that slaves usually comprised a minority of the local population. Most Southerners owned no slaves and most slaves lived in small groups rather than on large plantations, the EH.net report said. Less than one-quarter of white Southerners held slaves, with half of these holding fewer than five and fewer than 1 per cent owning more than one hundred.

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