We just witnessed the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States. Mr. Obama is also the first black person to be elected to that position. It made me happy and proud to be an American.
There was much talk about President Lincoln and how the Civil War layed the foundation to free the black people from the tyranny of the white man.
People have forgotten that most ordinary folks in Europe were treated like slaves as well, especially the farmers
This still went on through most of the 19th century.
In Germany the uprising in 1830 and the revolution in 1848 were crushed by the Prussian Army. Many of the revolutionaries were either killed imprisoned or exiled. Many of them came to the United States and had a huge impact on the American way of life.
As so often in the past 20 years, I again wondered what roll the German immigrant played at that time.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the Germans in Philadelphia sent a letter to the Continental Congress as early as 1688 to object to the degrading practice of trading and holding human beings as slaves.
I have sometimes asked myself why is it that I have never met a black person with a German last name.
Here is what I have found on the subject.