Victor Contreras8 months ago
How Caribbean slaves won their freedom is a completely different story than how Slavery was abolished in The United States. Whereas in many Caribbean countries, the path to freedom follows unrest, rebellion, and eventual war with the Spanish, the African American path to freedom was merely viewed as an afterthought for the sympathetic in power. Lincoln was famously quoted as saying that if he could maintain the union and keep slavery he would. The abolishment of slavery in America was merely an afterthought, and after Lincoln's assassination and Buchannan's elevation to President, the process of rebuilding after the civil war took a much more forgiving tone of the oppressing south, forcing the oppressed to continue to live in that state. When the slaves of South America and the Caribbean won their freedom, they won their land, their country, and their sovereignty. When African Americans were given their freedom, it was half heartily done and still had to continue to live in the house of their oppressor, under the rules of their oppressor, and working the land of their oppressors. No ownership was given to the newly freed slaves and so they were still working to advance another persons means and goals instead of their own. To say that the story of the Caribbean slave is the same as that of the African American is to not understand the difference between being able to craft ones own country out of the identity that survived enslavement vs being free by title only but still having no agency in the rule of your nation.