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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-08-09 10:22 AM
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177. Funded by slavery
There are many corporations and institutes of higher education that were directly or indirectly funded by slavery. Slavery was such an incredibly lucrative enterprise that slaveowners were willing to risk rebellion, death, and other dangers dealing with a captive population. Slavery was also called the "peculiar institution" and the word itself was not spoken in polite company. Note that there are no direct references to slavery in the Constition and definitely NOT in the Declaration of Independence. Such was the schizophrenic relationship that the US had with slavery and the slave trade.

The worst part is not that slavery and the slave trade happened, but that the country wants to erase it from history and its consciousness. If a terrible act never happened, there's no problem to deal with--because it never happened.

The following are the colleges and universities that have admitted to, or evidence found of, funding with money from slavery and the slave trade. The most famous of the self investigations was by Brown University ( ) Many institutions don't want to investigate this part of their history. This is a partial listing. More will be added as they are found.

College of William and Mary
University of Virginia
Harvard University
Yale University
University of Maryland
University of Alabama
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