King Taharqa leads his queens through a crowd during a festival.

In the 100 years between 1700 and the end of the legal slave trade in 1808, Rhode Island monopolized the western Atlantic slave trade. Ships departing from Rhode Island departed on nearly 1,000 voyages to Africa and returned with at least 100,000 slaves.

Rum and slaves formed an unholy alliance in Rhode Island, making Rhode Island the unquestioned leader in its participation in the slave trade, both before and after the American Revolution. Seventy percent of all colonial slave voyages began in Rhode Island. Most of the wealthy and powerful in Rhode Island profited in some way from slavery.

TBJ #2903 – Southern Slavery, Northern Lie? – Part 2: The second installation of a two-part series on the North’s hidden history as a slave region, addresses king cotton and the legal and illegal slave trade, among other historic events.  Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery,” shows us the villains – the slave traders, the racists, the apologists, and the politicians. Journalist Jenifer Frank, co-author examines the impact of slavery in the development of the nation. 

As a result, the authors, all White journalists from the Northern state of Connecticut, argue that many Americans, emerge from school believing that the North and its citizens watched innocently as the institution of slavery took root and thrived across the Mason-Dixon line – and finally decided to go to war to hold the nation together and ultimately to end the evil institution on which the South economy ultimately depended.

My next installment message will come to you in my upcoming and final book“Walking Between The Raindrops,” I will conclude my final message to this audience. For info on the contents and the release click:


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Jim Stephens: I have a book about the American truth it’ll be out the end of June. My last twenty-four months I’ve spent time at six plantations- 90 percent of the trail of tears- walked Selma bridge and the town- Montgomery MLK - Rosa Parks - Emmitt Till- John Lewis- chief Tasali- chief John Ross- John Brown - so many more. 72 civil war sites- 37 civil rights sites- burial sites of slaves, Indians, soldiers. Why church and state. People don’t understand the history I walked. Truth has no agenda. These stories will be told and should be.

David Hamilton: I miss the days of TBJ. He was very informative and enlightening! The TRUTH is still out there, but it's being suppressed and when we do hear it, we don't know how to respond it. It's like we're in a daze. We're lacking leadership and followship! PRAY FOR US!

David Hase: There is so much wrong with this. New England brought the slaves instead of Mississippi because they had ships that the south didn’t. English very rarely, if ever, captured slaves for transport to the New World. They were captured by Arabic and African people, brought to the western coast, and sold to English traders for transport to the New World. Yet, it seems the entire world wants to blame black slavery upon the USA. Like only they had it. Slavery was alive and well since recorded history. And it didn’t matter what color your skin was! The main people to capture (and buy from black chieftains), Blacks in Africa were Arabic. And they didn’t hesitate to also make white non-Muslims slaves. See Barbary Coast pirates.

Jay Watkins: David Hase, false.

Andre Cureton: Of course, all of the so-called Great American families that all are wealthy to this very day profited off of slavery. That's how they got their money.

Valerie Gantt Dickens: I was an avid fan of TBJ back in the day...Daniel Martinovich: Of course. There were Democrats in the north. Not just that the Democratic party dominated the federal government from its first president, trail of tears Andy Jackson right up until before the war.

Don Hollinshead: Yawn grow up children you all beating a dead horse ,deal with slavery today, on your borders n dealing in children

Lorie Greenberg: Thanks for sharing.

Jim Abrams: Slavery was and is still practiced all around the world. The US was one of the First Nations around the world to address it. It is what made the US an influence on the world. This is this woman’s opinion. Americans put an end to slavery 175 years ago. It is one of our greatest achievements. We should learn history, but not focus on or push negativity for any group. None of us ever owned a slave.

Tony Fernandez: Edith A Moore, none of those contradict what I posted and all 3 Amendments were passed after the Civil War in 1865, '68 &'70. And you are correct the Civil War was not fought primarily over slavery.

Jim Abrams: Edith A Moore, exactly the civil war was over taxes. The north then introduced the idea to end slavery so they could recruit black troops.

John Olson: Yeah, the north prolonged it that’s why 100,000 of them left their families and died trying to end it. Makes me wonder why people like my great great grandfather even cared or tried.

Tony Fernandez: John Olson, don't conflate things. The North politically and economically did not depend on slavery for labor and thus cost of goods.  Because of the economic base of their economies slavery, though existing in more places than generally believed, was not a socioeconomic institution. This allowed not for freedom from slavery for the average Black person but a more relaxed, though hardly integrated, social coexistence.  But slaves were owned by many in the northern colonies, later states and many if not all northern states had legal agreements concerning escaped slaves, which included returning captured runaways.  In some northern cities free Blacks who had never, indeed nor had the ancestors in many cases, been enslaved were drugged and kidnapped, to be sold into slavery in the southern states. With a blind eye turned by the authorities.  So your ancestor fought for justice for the Blacks enslaved in the south, the numerically fewer enslaved on the north, the unity of this greatly trouble but fantastic Country and fir the rights of fellow Human Beings.  For that we should be thankful and appreciative. So my friend seemingly conflicting perspectives can be reconciled and both still be true. Peace.

James Jones: Give us 3 states that's minerally rich and separate from us since we can't get justice in America

Mark McDonald: They ain't ready

Dwight Davis: Amen these great men of integrity and support freedom justice political affiliation economically of power which definitely is reparations at this point in the 21st century. Needs to be mandated by the supreme court. Colleagues of this magnitude Dr ben and Dr John Henry Clark...

Hannah Marie: Jonathan Ryan