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Your Questions About Slave Songs

David asks…

The Song Dixie! Is it racist?

Mind you the song alludes to in various verses to the slave scenario, and it was a popular song among the Confederate troops, but it was written in Ohio and was popular in the north as well, being Abraham Lincolns favorite song, playing it after he won the war

Michael answers:

Maybe today, but not back then.

Being a Yankee I always changed it to mean Dixie was a prostitute. It gives a whole new meaning if the song, doesn’t it?

Jenny asks…

Slaves’ music – what did they listen to?

What kind of music did African slaves in America listen to during the mid/late 1800s? If possible, can you give me specific songs?

Michael answers:

Well in those days the only way to listen to music was to have someone play it or sing it for you live. Slaves often sang what were called “field hollers” to each other as they worked, these became known as work songs and they developed into spirituals, gospel and blues. With the more religious person I guess singing the spirituals and the folks more into other things singing the blues. I pasted a link to some examples of field hollers.

Betty asks…

Need some empowering metal songs?

I need some metal songs (any genre of metal) that give an empowering feeling when they’re blasted. Hopefully you know what I mean, but just in case, I’ll give a few examples.

The Serpentine Offering – Dimmu Borgir
Under the Northern Star – Amon Amarth
Oh My ~~ God – Strapping Young Lad
Without Walls – Tracedawn
Slaves of the World – Old Man’s Child
World Hate Center – Mercenary
Vacuity – Gojira
Total Invasion – Behemoth
Cry my Name – Bloodbath
Sun Doesn’t Rise – Mushroomhead

I guess you could almost call it music that pumps you up? Except it’s a little different. List a few if you know what I’m talking about. Links are appreciated.
I completely forgot about Decapitated. I probably should have added Spheres of Madess to my list. As well as basically any song by Kalmah.

Michael answers:

Here’s my list, usually when I listen to these songs, I feel like a viking warrior ready for battle!
Behemoth – Demigod
Behemoth – conquer all
Ensiferum – Wanderer
Ensiferum – Iron
Ensiferum – death bringer from the sky
Children of Bodom – you’re better off dead
Amon Amarth – Asator
Amon Amarth – Cry of the black birds
Amon Amarth – Pursuit of vikings
Amon Amarth – Where is your god
Emperor – I am the black wizards
Dimmu Borgir – Puritania
Dimmu Borgir – Progenies of the great apocalypse

these are the songs that I think you will like but there is a whole genre of metal dedicated to what you are looking for, its called POWER METAL, here are a few good power metal bands that definitely are empowering

Blind Guardian – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PISG9—t9U

Bathory – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fbtb6Rrrvks

those are the only two power metal bands i listen to, other notable/famous ones are…
Dio
Man-O-war

hope this helps…

Donald asks…

songs that portray women negatively?

i know its very easy to find songs that portray women negatively, but can i have some help in picking some. i need to compare or contrast them in a school paper, so nothing to inappropriate like lollipop..haha thanks for your help :)

Michael answers:

Woman is the Ni***r of the World
song by
John Lennon

(YES, even Black people approved this song. The explanation is available on Youtube.)

Woman is the ****** of the world
Yes she is…think about it
Woman is the ****** of the world
Think about it…do something about it

We make her paint her face and dance
If she won’t be slave, we say that she don’t love us
If she’s real, we say she’s trying to be a man
While putting her down we pretend that she is above us

Woman is the ****** of the world…yes she is
If you don’t belive me take a look to the one you’re with
Woman is the slaves of the slaves
Ah yeah…better screem about it

We make her bear and raise our children
And then we leave her flat for being a fat old mother then
We tell her home is the only place she would be
Then we complain that she’s too unworldly to be our friend

Woman is the ****** of the world…yes she is
If you don’t belive me take a look to the one you’re with
Woman is the slaves of the slaves
Yeah (think about it)

We insult her everyday on TV
And wonder why she has no guts or confidence
When she’s young we kill her will to be free
While telling her not to be so smart we put her down for being so dumb

Woman is the ****** of the world…yes she is
If you don’t belive me take a look to the one you’re with
Woman is the slaves of the slaves
Yes she is…if you belive me, you better scream about it.

Robert asks…

In the song “Jimmy Crack Corn and I don’t Care”, what does “crack corn” refer to?

I think this is a child’s song.

Michael answers:

One possibility is “gimcrack corn,” cheap corn whiskey; another related theory is that it refers to “cracking” open a jug of corn whisky; another is that “crack-corn” is related to the (still-current) slang “cracker” for a rural Southern white.[8] Another interpretation is that “crack corn” came from the old English term “crack,” meaning gossip, and that “cracking corn” was a traditional Shenandoah expression for “sitting around chitchatting.”[9] Yet another, and possibly the most popular, is that the chorus refers to an overseer who, without the master, has only his bullwhip to keep the slaves in line. Most etymologists support the first interpretation, as the term “cracker” appears to predate “corncracking”, and “whipcracker” has no historical backing.[10] This suggests that the chorus means the slaves are making whiskey and celebrating.

Pete Seeger himself was said to explain the true lyric was “Gimmie cracked corn–I don’t care”,[11] a reference to a form of punishment for something very bad, in which a slave’s rations were reduced to cracked corn and nothing else. In this case, the author seems to have decided that even this punishment is worth it, since the master is now dead and gone.

Jim crack-corn, or “Get cracked-corn”, a subsistence food (corn) ration. The slave in the song is so happy his master is dead he does not care if he has to eat cracked corn either because he has no-one to now feed him or he fears he will be punished for letting the blue-tail fly get by him which causes his masters demise.

Another interpretation holds that “jimmy” was slang for a crow and the phrase refers to crows being allowed feed in the cornfields. Normally it would be a boy’s responsibility to keep crows out of the corn. The phrase “jim crow” may come from the same usage – a jimmy could be a crow.

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Your Questions About Slave Songs

Linda asks…

Were American slaves freed at Passover?

Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. – Gal 3:17

In 1435 the Portugese began removing Israelites from West Africa. If the slaves were freed in 1865 (marked by the surrender of General Lee in the Civil War), could this prophecy refer to those who were brought to America in ships?

And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you. – Deu 28:68

Are Black Americans descendants of Israel? Surely this prophecy does not fit the heritage and history of people who call themselves Jews today. What do you think?

Michael answers:

Since the sister before already cleared up the Egyptian misunderstanding, I’ll clear up the Moses thing.

Exo 4:6 And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.

Would this really qualify as a miracle, if Yahuwah had turned a white person’s hand white?

Let’s not be ridiculous here. Actually among the ancient Israelites, a person was leprous if there skin was turning white. I don’t have enough space to qoute all of the laws behind it. Anyone who is interested, can read the scriptures themselves and see that Leprousy in scripture was the turning white of the skin.

Act 21:38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?

Here we see a man asking Paul if he was Egyptian. How could he mistake a white man for a Black Egyptian? Keep in mind this was before the Arab’s conquered the land of Egypt, which means land of the blacks in greek, so the natives were not the people known as Egyptians today.

A Roman Historian Cornelius Tacticus, who lived in the first century, reported in his book, The Histories:

“Many, again, say that they (israelites) were a race of Ethiopian origin, who in the time of king Cepheus were driven by fear and hatred of their neighbors to seek a new dwelling-place.”

How could one think a race of anglo-saxons were of Ethiopian origin? Case closed. Another interesting fact is that quote from Duet 28 is something that was said would happen to them after their bondage in Egypt or Khemet (Jet Black), as they called themselves.

And the in ships part, narrows down the speculation. Also, it is funny that slaves who could not read or write were calling Him Yah, while the Western world called Him Jehovah. And they were using Hebrew words such as Massa (oppressor). Let’s not forget the slave song Kumbayah, which is Hebrew, “come by here Yah(uweh)”…

Anyone interested in learning more, hit me up screen name @yahoo.com or add me to your messenger…

Daniel asks…

Songs With Deep Lyrical Meanings?

hi i need a song for my reflection journal, and i do not really pay attention to the entertainment world, so would you be able to drop down some music from any genre with meaningful lyrics. for example Welcome to My Life – Simple Plan

songs have to do with:
am i alone searching for the good?
what keeps me motivated in life?
am i a slave?
who are the pharaohs?

Michael answers:

“And you said that I was naive
And I thought that I was strong
I thought “hey I can leave, I can leave”
But now I know that I was wrong cause I missed you
Yeah I missed you” – Lisa Loeb

“I learned very early in life that: “Without a song, the day would never end; without a friend, a man ain’t got a friend; without a song, the road would never bend- without a song” So I keep singing a song.” – Elvis Presley

“I know someday you’ll have a beautiful life. I know you’ll be a sun in somebody else’s sky. But why can’t it be mine?” – Eddie Vedder

“Why am I fighting to live, if I’m just living to fight
Why am I trying to see, when there aint nothing in sight
Why am I trying to give, when no one gives me a try
Why am I dying to live, if I’m just living to die?
Someone tell me y” – Tupac Shakur

“Ah just act the way ah feel.” – Elvis Presley

“Home… hard to know what it is if you’ve never had one
Home… I can’t say where it is but I know I’m going home
That’s where the hurt is” – U2

“I’m sorry to say
so but, sadly it’s true
that bang-ups and hang-ups
can happen to you” – Dr. Seuss

Robert asks…

What scenes were these songs in public enemies?

Well i watched pubblic enemies(brillaint isnt it) anyway i have heard all the sountrack songs and know where most of songs are in the scenes but i dont know them all–can somebody tell me which scene each song is at–heres the list.

1.Ten Million Slaves-know where that is

2. Chicago Shake

3. Drive to Bohemia

4. Love Me or Leave Me

5. Billie’s Arrest–know where that is

6. Am I Blue?

7. Love in the Dunes

8. Bye Bye Blackbird-know where that is

9. Phone Call to Billie-know where that is

10. Nasty Letter
I also have other questions i forgot about–did he know the FBI was wating for him when he came out of the theatre if not did the women who went with him tell him.

ALSO was he going to try and break billie his girlfriend out of jail later

Michael answers:

Well, here it is – the songs as well as their respective scenes

Link- http://what-song.com/movie/title.php?Title=Public%20Enemies

Lisa asks…

Songs that reference American History?

I have a project in my History class and we need to pick a song that references a significant event in American History or one that represents America. And not songs like “God Bless America” or anything like that. Help? Thanks.

Michael answers:

“Ballad of the MTA” about a fare increase on the Boston(?) transit system – humerous
“Ohio” Crosby Stills and Nash – the Kent State shootings.
“John Browns Body” about the abolistionist
“Ballad of New Orleans” – Johny Horton fun song about the war of 1812 battle.
“The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” – Gordon Lightfoot.
“Zoot Suit Riot” – riots in San Diego(?) during WW2
“The Drinking Gourd” – a slave song that described the route north (the little dipper) to freedom

Betty asks…

slave song oh freedom?

“and before I be a slave, I’ll be barried in my grave….”

what does this song mean and how does it relate to the civil rights movement?
what does the SONG mean not the PHRASE, there are other songs called oh freedom i was just giving a phrase so you know which song i am talking about

Michael answers:

Alice….are you serious?

You can’t decipher those words?

I’ll die before I’ll let anyone rape me of my freedom.

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Your Questions About Slave Songs

Ken asks…

What rap song has the lyric “like a run away slave im off tha chain”?

I heard it a while back, and i forgot what song its from. Its a newer song as in within 2 years ago.

Michael answers:

Nelly “boy”

Boy Lyrics
Artist(Band):Nelly
Review The Song (0)
Print the Lyrics

Boy Lyrics

(feat. Big Gipp, Lil’ Flip)

[Chorus]
Booooyyy
[Repeat 4X]

[Nelly]
oh oh oh oh oh oh

So you the kang boy
how could this be boy
you gotta be blind to sell more records than me boy
I can’t complain boy
don’t say my name boy
I’m like a run away slave I’m off the chain boy
I’m bout’ to jet boy
straight flex boy
I’m about to round princess cut and bagette boy
don’t disrespect boy
I’ll break your neck boy
I got niggaz that sherm it up and get wet boy
we driving vets and bentley coupes boy
I ain’t lying check my garage, I tell the truth boy
I do it big boy
you do it small boy
I do some shit that you can’t even do at all boy
platinum tooth boy
make it two boy
come to the crib you can bowl, swim, or hoop boy
big rule boy
what are you doing in me yard
you can run two miles and you still in my yard

[Chorus]

[Big Gipp]
Quarter Quarters Nickels Dollars Dimes everytime boy
butterfly my 84′, fly first class boy
dipping through the hood candy coated paint boy
triple zero dope sacks no tax boy
you walk fast, well I slow-poke boy
you grip the leather, well I grip oak boy
I keep a crease in my Dickies when I corner hang
I love to sip champangne, funny ass names
ladies love to see me Gucci or many of poochie
love to see me in the gazelles to King Louis’
shingles hanging from the end of my pants boy
they love to see me do the old man dance boy
I smoke plenty grass boy
I’m touching on the ass boy
go ahead and Sir Mix-A-Lot put it on the glass boy
I’m from the South boy
that’s how it go boy
we like to see em’ drop it down
and touch they toes boy

[Chorus]

Lil Flipper..
[Lil’ Flip]
I flip tracks boy
like crack boy
I got that 62 inch Maybach boy
two tone boy
lets get it on boy
my money long boy
now we smoking zones boy
come take a hit boy
we got the shit boy
my big clover cost the price of ten bricks boy
I’m from the South boy
don’t run your mouth boy
sshhh…. Cuz I’ll have Al Capone at your house boy
pull up in my drop top, you like boy
to you it’s a Bentley, to me it’s a toy
I’m like a pimp boy
I ride spinners boy
I’m hopping out with 3000 dollar tennis boy
come take a look at me
I’m off the chain boy
the gameover, bitch, you know my name boy
I’m Lil Flip boy
a Clover G boy
you better free Will Lean and Pimp C bo

Linda asks…

which artist or group sing this song called “Soweto”?

the song is reggae and part of the song goes like this….Soweto, Soweto, say no to apartheid say no…

Michael answers:

Artist: Hieroglyphics
Song: Soweto
Album:
[” ” CD]

One, Two
One, One, Two
One, One, One, Two
One, One, Two
One, One, Two
One, Two, Three
One, Two, Three, Owww

You can go to the jungle
Go to the city
Visit Soweto
Live in the Bay or
Somewhere in between
But you’ll never be unseen

Go to the jungle
Go to the city
Visit Soweto
Live in the Bay or
Somewhere in between
Cause you’ll never be unseen

Unhh
Now this is how it is
We try to handle biz
And make moves in this land where the power lives
Where they devour kids
And acts of cowardice rule from a tool of violence
and a shrouded bliss
I try to release my malice
And develop my inner peace in a place so callous
Maybe I’ll go to Angle or other Gold Coast
And blow smoke with the old folks cause they know most

Capture the cultured pearls, jewels, and gems
It’s a treasure hunt to stimulate your medulla stem
The furthest reaches are within your clutches
Concrete covered countries to the most birded regions
Virgin territories, those exposed to man made woes
They know them Hieros
Electrified with lectures, collect respect and ride on
Before you even know this I’m gone (No)
Go to Saigon, Singapore, Sicily
They consider me epitome in Italy (That’s right)
Hit Libya, India, Morocco
Or go to Oakland and hit the eight deuce block dough
Chicago, Liberia, Nigeria
‘Frisco is cold like Siberia
The list goes on
Deport the gulf of Spain
Maine, San Juan, Guam, or San Luis Obispo

Go to the jungle
Go to the city
Visit Soweto
Live in the Bay or
Somewhere in between
Cause you’ll never be unseen

Go to the jungle
Go to the city
Visit Soweto
Live in the Bay or
Somewhere in between
Cause you’ll never be unseen

I don’t know dog
Maybe it’s just me
But I feel I’m clutching
To hold nothing
I mean bluffing
I got the poker face
I don’t really know my place
And I never chose this way
So I go astray
Throw aways blow away
Every hope I hold today
We were sold as slaves
The sky is cold and grey
My niggas showed the way
So fan and listen now with this
I see my golden age

Unhh
Times on travellin’
Boundary crossin’
Now we talkin’
Worldwide, now we cost em’
Fo’ sho’ partner I’m a globetrotter
Downing shots of gold slaga’
Smokin’ like a ‘O’ roster
I’ve flown lots of places in a Continental
Every spot we’ve been to
We monumental
We rock the venue like we dropped a missile
But it ain’t an attack
That’s why the people keep on bringing us back, feel that

I didn’t tap a belly
Still I’m lovin’ Makaveli
Trying to reach the pinnacle
And we will, so be ready
Said we jetty
I’ve never stolen energy
Combined with visionary minds so we itchin’ to blow
Like a Dirty Harry trigger finger
With a needle quicker than my Pilipino homies on the two turntables
See the truth enables sight through your damaged cornea
We got the formula from Oakland California

Go to the jungle
Go to the city
Visit Soweto
Live in the Bay or
Somewhere in between
Cause you’ll never be unseen

Go to the jungle
Go to the city
Visit Soweto
Live in the Bay or
Somewhere in between
Cause you’ll never be unseen

One, two
One, two, two
One, one, one, two
One, one, one, two
One, one, one, two
One, one, two
One, one, two
One, one, ahh

One, two
One, one, two
One, one, one, two
One, one, two
One, one, two
One, two, three
One, two, three, ahh

John asks…

wtf is this song called?

my dad was playing this song on the radio and b4 i could look at the satelite thingy it went off… its stuck in my head and i’ve tryed looking it up but no luck :'( maybe you can help??

ok its this lady and she has a buzzy voice and i think the song might be called the river or something cuz shes all
run 2 the river…..
SLAVE TO THE RIVER!!!
it sounds like she might be like african or somethin but idk… HELP!

Michael answers:

If the words are “slave to the rhythm” than Yeah I think I know who you’re talking about. The album has her naked side- on holding a microphone and doing a strange stance. She’s dark and sort of strange but the album is awesome.. Shit I can’t think of her name…sorry…I’ll be back if I remember…

Ha I remember its Grace Jones. Thanx.

David asks…

LIST HOW MANY SONGS BRITNEY HAS…AND NAME THEM..10 POINTS BEST answer :D ?

list all of Britney spears’ songs and name them all…thy don’t have to be in any order…i want to know all of them….(include commercial songs and all the songs you an think of)

the person with the most songs and the most seemed best qualified answer will get 10 points :D

Michael answers:

A

* And Then We Kiss
* Anticipating

B

* …Baby One More Time (song)
* Born to Make You Happy
* Boys (Britney Spears song)
* Break the Ice
* Breathe on Me

C

* Chaotic (song)
* Circus (song)

D

* Do Somethin’
* Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know

E

* Everytime

F

* From the Bottom of My Broken Heart

G

* Gimme More

I

* I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
* I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman
* I’m a Slave 4 U
* I’ve Just Begun (Having My Fun)

L

* Lucky (Britney Spears song)

M

* Me Against the Music
* Megamix (Britney Spears song)
* Mona Lisa (Britney Spears song)
* My Only Wish (This Year)
* My Prerogative (Britney Spears song)

O

* Oops!… I Did It Again (song)

O cont.

* Outrageous
* Overprotected

P

* Piece of Me

R

* Radar (song)

S

* Someday (I Will Understand)
* Sometimes (Britney Spears song)
* Stronger (Britney Spears song)

T

* That’s Where You Take Me
* Touch of My Hand
* Toxic (song)

W

* Womanizer (song)

Y

* (You Drive Me) Crazy

Maria asks…

Songs about whites being in charge?

What are songs about white men being in charge or having all the power
Wow lighten up people, its for a paper i have to describe a book and need a song that illustrates white people being in charge, because this character believes that slaves aren’t actually people and couldn’t take over a slave ship.

Michael answers:

A couple of songs by Nina Simone?

Four Women (sung from the slave’s persepective) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRmzQ39sXTQ&feature=related

Strange Fruit (the “strange fruit” is the corpses of lynched black men) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVxVa3D11n4&feature=related

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Your Questions About Slave Codes

Donald asks…

What areas of life did hammurabi’s code cover?

Michael answers:

The Code of Hammurabi was one of several sets of laws in the Ancient Near East. Earlier collections of laws include the Code of Ur-Nammu, king of Ur (ca. 2050 BC), the Laws of Eshnunna (ca. 1930 BC) and the codex of Lipit-Ishtar of Isin (ca. 1870 BC), while later ones include the Hittite laws, the Assyrian laws, and Mosaic Law. These codes come from similar cultures in a relatively small geographical area, and they have passages which resemble each other.

The code has been seen as an example of even a king not being able to change fundamental laws concerning the governing of a country which was the primitive form of what is now known as a constitution. However, this interpretation may be anachronistic. The Code’s provisions do not cover important areas of law and commerce. The occasional nature of many provisions indicates that the Code may be better read as a codification of supplementary judicial decisions of the king. Rather than being a modern legal code or constitution, it may have as its purpose the self-glorification of Hammurabi by memorializing his wisdom and justice. Its copying in subsequent generations indicates that it was used as a model of legal and judicial reasoning.

The Babylonians and their neighbors developed the earliest system of economics that was fixed in a legal code, using a metric of various commodities. The early law codes from Sumer could be considered the first (written) economic formula, and have many attributes still in use in the current price system today, such as codified amounts of money for business deals (interest rates), fines in money for wrongdoing, inheritance rules and laws concerning how private property is to be taxed or divided.

Here are seventeen example laws, in their entirety, of the Code of Hammurabi, translated into English:

If anyone ensnares another, putting a ban upon him, but he can not prove it, then he that ensnared him shall be put to death.

If anyone brings an accusation against a man, and the accused goes to the river and leaps into the river, if he sinks in the river his accuser shall take possession of his house. But if the river proves that the accused is not guilty, and he escapes unhurt, then he who had brought the accusation shall be put to death, while he who leaped into the river shall take possession of the house that had belonged to his accuser.

If anyone brings an accusation of any crime before the elders, and does not prove what he has charged, he shall, if a capital offense is charged, be put to death.

If a builder builds a house for someone, and does not construct it properly, and the house which he built falls in and kills its owner, then the builder shall be put to death. (Another variant of this is, If the owner’s son dies, then the builder’s son shall be put to death.)

If a son strike his father, his hands shall be hewn off.

If a man give his child to a nurse and the child dies in her hands, but the nurse unbeknown to the father and mother nurses another child, then they shall convict her of having nursed another child without the knowledge of the father and mother and her breasts shall be cut off.

If anyone steals the minor son of another, he shall be put to death.

If a man takes a woman to wife, but has no intercourse with her, this woman is no wife to him.

If a man strikes a pregnant woman, thereby causing her to miscarry and die, the assailant’s daughter shall be put to death.

If a man puts out the eye of an equal, his eye shall be put out.

If a man knocks the teeth out of another man, his own teeth will be knocked out.

If anyone strikes the body of a man higher in rank than he, he shall receive sixty blows with an ox-whip in public.

If a freeborn man strikes the body of another freeborn man of equal rank, he shall pay one gold mina [an amount of money].

If the slave of a freed man strikes the body of a freed man, his ear shall be cut off.

If anyone commits a robbery and is caught, he shall be put to death.

If anyone opens his ditches to water his crop, but is careless, and the water floods his neighbor’s field, he shall pay his neighbor corn for his loss.

If a judge tries a case, reaches a decision, and presents his judgment in writing; and later it is discovered that his decision was in error, and it was his own fault, he shall pay twelve times the fine set by him in the case and be removed from the judge’s bench.

If during an unsuccessful operation a patient dies, the arm of the surgeon must be cut off.

There are 282 such laws in the Code of Hammurabi, each usually no more than a sentence or two. The 282 laws are bracketed by a Prologue in which Hammurabi introduces himself, and an Epilogue in which he affirms his authority and sets forth his hopes and prayers for his code of laws.

Betty asks…

In the 1850’s, did Congress regulate slavery in New Territories and States?

Can anyone give me more information on why, what, and who on this topic: Congress regulating slavery in new Territories and States.

Michael answers:

In 1801, Congress extended Virginia and Maryland slavery laws to the District of Columbia, establishing a federally sanctioned slave code.
In 1803, the Louisiana Purchase added Creoles and French settlers to the U.S. Population. Congress approved the Louisiana Purchase from France for $15 million, which virtually doubled the country’s land size. It also re-ignited controversy over the spread of slavery in the territory.

In 1807, Congress banned the importation of slaves into the U.S., although smuggling continued in some parts of the South. Once the transatlantic slave trade was prohibited, domestic slave trading throughout the South increased.

The 1820 census added free colored persons to its racial categories.

In 1820, the Missouri Compromise brought Missouri and Maine into the Union. By this time more than 20,000 Indians lived in virtual slavery on California missions. The same year, Congress made trade in foreign slaves an act of piracy.

In 1821, Missouri entered the Union as the 24th state and a slave-holding state, maintaining the balance of slave and free states.

The Office of Indian Affairs was created in 1824.

In 1825, a ship operated by the U.S. Revenue seized a slave ship, the Antelope, sailing under a Venezuelan flag with a cargo of 281 Africans. The case was brought before the U.S. Supreme Court, which issued a unanimous opinion declaring the slave trade to be a violation of natural law. Only some of the Africans were set free, however, since the ruling also held that the U.S. Could not prescribe law for other nations, and the slave trade was legal in Spain, Portugal and Venezuela. The 39 Africans designated by the court as property of Spain and the Antelope itself were restored to their owners.

The Compromise of 1850 admitted California as a free state; voters in New Mexico and Utah territories would decide whether they would be slave or free upon applying for statehood.

The new Fugitive Slave Act, also passed in 1850, made the federal government responsible for apprehending fugitive slaves in the North, and sending them back to the South. This extended slavery and its enforcement beyond the South. The South, however, felt that even this law was not strong enough, and the demand for more effective legislation resulted in enactment of a second Fugitive Slave Act that same year. However, the law was so severe that its implementation was open to abuses that defeated its purpose. Even during the Civil War, the Fugitive Slave Acts were used to prosecute blacks fleeing their masters in border states that were loyal to the Union. The acts were eventually repealed, but not until June of 1864.

In 1851 Shadrach Minkins, an African American working as a waiter in Boston, was abducted by slave catchers. Before he could be freed by legal means in a challenge to the Fugitive Slave law, Minkins was rescued by a group of African Americans.

In 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act passed, dividing the region along the 40th parallel, with Kansas to the south and Nebraska to the north, and providing both territories the right to vote on whether to be slave or free. For all practical purposes the act effectively repealed the Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850, which had attempted to regulate the spread of slavery. As a result of the new law, both pro- and anti-slavery supporters tried to convince settlers to move to Kansas in order to sway the vote. The New England Emigrant Aid Company, an anti-slavery group, was very successful, and a group of anti-slavery activists was established around the town of Lawrence, Kansas. At the same time, pro-slavery settlers from Missouri began moving across the border to Kansas, some establishing themselves as residents of the territory, others simply coming across to vote. They were called “border ruffians” by their opponents. Lecompton, Kansas, the territorial capital, boiled with tension over the issue, and so-called “free-soilers” felt so threatened there that they set up their own unofficial legislature at Topeka. The enmity between the sides verged on civil war, and the period became known as “Bleeding Kansas.”

The Dred Scott decision was handed down in 1857, which denied citizenship to free and enslaved blacks.

Ruth asks…

why did Southern Counties feel it was neccesary to make Black Codes?

During Reconstruction after The Civil War
Please HELPP!!

Michael answers:

Actually, the Black Codes were post-Reconstruction and occurred after the southern states were readmitted to the Union.

The main reason these laws were passed was from a desire to turn back the clock and keep former slaves in a position of inferiority.

The Black Codes were passed to prevent blacks from exercising their right to vote; many former Confederate states passed ‘grandfather laws’ which stated that you could vote if, and only if, your grandfather had been allowed to vote. So, for at least the first two generations born after 1865, the vote was denied them under ‘color of law’ by these so-called ‘grandfather clauses.’ They also institutionalized segregation and made it extremely difficult for blacks to purchase land. As time went on, it also meant that the quality of the education provided for black children suffered; many black schools had dilapidated buildings, outdated textbooks, and few aids such as maps and globes. That teachers were able to educate at all under these conditions is a monument to their resourcefulness and ingenuity. They were extraordinarily adept in improvising and overcoming.

It’s a chapter in our history that isn’t very pretty.

Daniel asks…

how did legal codes prevents slaves, peasants and workers from gaining rights?

Michael answers:

In early America many cities and states restricted land ownership to white males. Voting was restricted to white males with land.

There were also poll taxes (discriminated against the poor), voting tests (discriminated against the uneducated who happened to be poor), and other Jim Crow laws.

Then there were patterns of segregation in housing enforced by covenants, bank lending practices, and job discrimination, including discriminatory union practices.

David asks…

Simple African Slave trade question?

So the Portuguese started it right ? Using the work N.igger meaning black in Portuguese right ? So this actually means that the N word has been used wrong for these past years ? Because it only means the olor black am I right or wrong ? Please expalin thanks.

Michael answers:

I think the modern use of the n-word comes from the Latin word “niger” which is pronounced nye-jer.

Hence the name of a black seeded plant: Nigella. (Nye-jell-uh) Or a species of black moth called Macroglossum nigellum (Nye-jell-um)

Portuguese language has Latin roots. However in Portuguese the word for black is
“n e g r o.” (pronounced neg-row, not knee-grow.)

Whatever it is you are trying to find out about the word, I think you need to look at who started the slave trade. It was only in the last 400 years people started calling them by the Latin n-word, but slavery has been in existence long before then.

You might look into the Muslim slave trade during the time of the Crusades. Yes, that was Africans selling Africans, in places like Morocco. Slavery is even mentioned in the Code of Hammurabi, 1760 BC. So, putting your finger down on the exact time in which man began his cruelty toward man is going to be a tough job.

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Your Questions About Slave Songs

Ken asks…

name of a marilyn manson song…?

all i know from the song is “why would i worship a god i dont believe in” something like that. anyone know what its called

Michael answers:

“I’m not a slave to a god that doesn’t exist”

-Fight Song

William asks…

Good upbeat pop workout songs?

I need some good songs that get you PUMPED!! I love Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Katy Perry.
Some songs on my playlist so far are Lovegame- Lady Gaga, Toxic- Britney Spears, Radar- Britney Spears, Hot and Cold- Katy Perry, On the Floor- Jlo. I really like sexy type songs that make me think of a future sexy body ;)
Any suggestions?? Thank you :)

Michael answers:

Any song from Blackout by Britney Spears. Blackout is like the ultimate dance album. These are my personal favorites:
Break the Ice
Get Naked
Perfect Lover
Hot as Ice
Ooh Ooh Baby
Freakshow
Piece of Me

Also check out I Wanna Go, Till the World Ends, Hold It Against Me, Slave 4 U, Stronger and Do Somethin’ which are all by Britney.

Ruth asks…

Need title and artist for song with chorus “you already know how this will end”?

I need the title and the artist for a song with the chorus “you already know how this will end”

Michael answers:

It’s by a group called Devotchka. The song is called ‘How it Ends, taken from their 2004 album of the same name.

Lyrics (drumroll, please!):

‘Hold your grandmother’s bible to your breast
Gonna put it to the test
You wanted it to be blessed
And in your heart
You know it to be true
You know what you gotta do
They all depend on you

And you already know
Yet you already know
How this will end

There is no escape
From the slave catcher’s songs
For all of the loved ones gone
Forever’s not so long
And in your soul
They poked a million holes
But you never let them show
Come on its time to go

And you already know
Yet you already know
How this will end

Now you’ve seen his face
And you know that there’s a place in the sun
For all that you’ve done
For you and your children
No longer shall you need
You always wanted to believe
Just ask and you’ll receive
Beyond your wildest dreams

And you already know
Yet you already know
How this will end

You already know (You already know)
You already know (You already know)
You already know
How this will end ‘

Chris asks…

Best 10 songs to wake up to?

Like happy, upbeat songs that make you feel good and energetic? So far I only have All Star by Smashmouth, I really like this song and others like it (but not exactly the same… and no more by Smashmouth! lol) anyways, THANKS!

Michael answers:

ANY of these songs are happy, feel good, energetic upbeat songs.
I wake up to them on a regular basis and i start my day off in the best of moods :D

1) never let you go-third eye blind
2) not my slave-oingo boingo
3) rock the casbah-the clash
4) i believe in a thing called love-the darkness
5) just a girl-no doubt
6) fat lip-sum 41
7) melt with you-modern english
8) come on eileen-dexies midnight runners
9) magic-the cars
10) time to pretend-mgmt

Michael asks…

Songs you cannot stand?

What are some songs you cannot stand listening to or you despise with a passion?

Michael answers:

Songs I cannot stand are

Minnie Ripperton: Lovin You
Whitney Houston: I Will Always Love You
Macarena
Vanilla Ice: Ice Ice Baby
Snow: Informer
any Air Supply song
any Chicago/Peter Cetera ballad
Stevie Wonder: Ebony and Ivory
Styx: Mr. Roboto
any Barry Manilow song
any Michael Bolton song
Lou Bega: Mambo Number 5
Cher: Believe and Half Breed
Don Johnson: Heartbeat
Paul McCartney: Let Em In and Silly Love Songs
Rednex: Cotton Eyed Joe
Trashmen: Surfin Bird
Frank Zappa: Catholic Girls
any Milli Vanilli song
Warrant: Cherry Pie
Bon Jovi: You Want to Make a Memory
Train: Drops of Jupiter
Seal: Kiss From a Rose
R. Kelly: I Believe I Can Fly
Barbie Girl Song
Hanson: Mmm Bopp
Santana: Smooth
Britney Spears: I’m a Slave For You
Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Relax
Kenny Rogers: Lady
any Kenny Loggins song

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Ken asks…

explain a slave’s trip north from south carolina?

Michael answers:

Are you asking about the Underground Railroad? If so it was a group of abolitionists (anti-slavery activists) who cooperated to provide safehouses and safe routes for escaped slaves to make it to freedom. These abolitionists were also known as conductors. They provided hidden passages into shelter, providing food and water, and providing the most effective route to make a quick escape with little risk of discovery.
Quite often spirituals that slaves sang in the field were coded messages that would instruct slaves how to find an entrance to the underground railroad.

Steven asks…

bacons rebellion??

1.Bacon’s Rebellion stemmed from violent attacks by
a.Protestants against wealthy Catholics.
b.poor white settlers against Native Americans.
c.Native Americans against Protestant missionaries.
d.black slaves against plantation owners.
e.white indentured servants against plantation owners.

2.As a result of the Stono Rebellion,
a.South Carolina planters engineered a series of reforms that helped create a more open and equal society.
b.the king of England took direct control by ending proprietary rule and transforming North and South Carolina into royal colonies.
c.a harsh new code was instituted to keep slaves under constant surveillance and ensure that masters disciplined their slaves.
d.the last vestiges of Native American resistance to white expansion were eliminated.
e.Native Americans won the right to use English ships of war

Michael answers:

1. Bacon’s rebellion ? =( b) cuz nathniel bacon revolted aganist the Native Americans of they cant expland their settlement over jamestown. So they decided to attack indian settlements. The governor of Jamestown sent troops to quell the rebellion.
2. Stono Rebellion? = (c) a slave rebellion in south carolina which resulted in harsh slave code.

Jenny asks…

Hammurabi’s Code question?

Based on Hammurabi’s Code, comment on the Babylonian concept of justice using 3 examples. What seems fair or unfair to you?

Michael answers:

1. Womens rights -> fair

138 – “If a man wishes to divorce his first wife who has not borne him sons, he shall give her the amount of her purchase money and the dowry which she brought from her father’s house, and let her go.”

142 – “If a woman quarrel with her husband, and says: “You are not congenial to me,” the reasons for her prejudice must be presented. If she is guiltless, and there is no fault on her part, but he leaves and neglects her, then no guilt attaches to this woman, she shall take her dowry and go back to her father’s house
2. Eye for an eye –> fair

196. If a man put out the eye of another man, his eye shall be put out. [ An eye for an eye ]

197. If he break another man’s bone, his bone shall be broken.

3. Slavey –> unfair

199. If he put out the eye of a man’s slave, or break the bone of a man’s slave, he shall pay one-half of its value.

117. If any one fail to meet a claim for debt, and sell himself, his wife, his son, and daughter for money or give them away to forced labor: they shall work for three years in the house of the man who bought them, or the proprietor, and in the fourth year they shall be set free.

Richard asks…

Why do some theists assume atheists have no moral code?

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AgFKjKpufPNINPbrwo1Vfd7d7BR.?qid=20070506171534AAr6D0G

Questions like this make me a sad panda.

Morals are largely formulated by legal and cultural factors so they’re pretty much common to everyone in a particular society regardless of religious orientation. The assumption that atheists must be immoral because they do not believe in a higher being is one of the most erroneous of all time – one does not need to believe in God to have a healthy respect for the law and the feelings of others.

In fact one could argue that atheists have stronger morals because they hold to them without the threat of eternal damnation if they don’t. ;)

Agree/disagree?
Aretz:

Good for you. However you are but one person, not all atheists.
Oh yeah, I know dze is as dumb as a sack of rocks but it’s still depressing.

At least fireball’s funny.
Beverly:

I know, hence the ;) at the end!

channiek:

Your ignorance is showing. Atheists do not believe in God. We belive in lots of other things though: law, justice and morality beign but three.
FISH:

So God also put hate into people’s hearts then and the desire to committ heinous crimes then? Strawman argument I’m afraid. Very foolish.
Tim M:

Totally incorrect – altruism exists in some animal societies and provides a demonstration of how moral codes can begin to form. Morality exists as a development of this.

As for us living by laws developed in the bible, I agree to a degree. However, like all moral and legal codes, it’s evolved over the centuries. We no longer stone people to death for adultery anymore, for example.

It’s also worth pointing out the earliest extant code of laws is Hammurabi’s so, like it or not, it’s highly probable Moses adapted them.
Catch:

But there are. Most atheists are living proof of that. So, wrong I’m afraid.
Jurgen:

Judging by the hate reflected in your post I wonder who it really is with the mental health issues? I wonder if it’s fear rather than morality that keeps you in check.

Michael answers:

The history of Christianity itself is the story of an evolving moral code; Christians are instructed in the Bible to keep slaves in a particular fashion, but now most Christians would find the idea of any human slavery reprehensible. Irrespective of the effect religion has on a society’s morality, morality does exist outside of religion.

Paul asks…

why did confederates give up their slaves?

if you can see my avatar, obviously that worked in my favor, so i am not suggesting a rematch lol. yes i did pay attention in school, slavery as we knew it was abolished. the north won… and yes for someone who thinks they can enlighten me, yes i already know it was not as picture perfect as it seemed and Abe was not the prince charming everyone thinks he is… but that’s another Q&A.

point is ok the south loses , but i find it highly unlikely to think master Bill picked up the newspaper that morning and said “well, i’ll be damned, hey slaves you’re free, get outta here!!” slavery was their livelihood so why would they let a loss stop them. why not say “i don’t care who won the war, you ain’t going nowhere.” for extra credit, if you could provide any consequences for keeping slaves after the “deadline” it would be appreciated. God Bless America.

Michael answers:

After the U.S. Civil War, the South passed Black Codes, laws that tried to control freed black slaves. Vagrancy laws were included in these codes. Homeless unemployed black Americans were arrested and fined as vagrants. Usually, the person could not afford the fine, and so was sent to county labor or hired out to a private employer.

Congress responded to the black codes by passing the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which invalidated these laws. This act declared freed people to be citizens of the United States who could make and enforce contracts, sue and be sued, give evidence in court, and inherit, purchase, lease, sell, hold, and convey real estate and personal property. Anyone denying these rights to former slaves would be guilty of a misdemeanor and face a fine or prison.

The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery, but enforcement was left up to the individual states. You would have to research every state to find out what the consequences would be for keeping slaves.

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Your Questions About Slave Narratives

Lisa asks…

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass help?

Describe the effects of slavery on Mrs. Sophia Auld, and explain why Douglass includes this information in his narrative

Michael answers:

Slavery made everybody bitter – even slave owners. Not just slaves.

Joseph asks…

The narrative of Frederick Douglass?….?

In the book how did douglass portray his work as abolitionist propaganda? In what ways is his narrative a historical source or account of the abolition movement in antebellum America?

Thanks…

Michael answers:

The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave explores the first-hand account of one man’s struggle for freedom. Born into captivity, Douglass — like most slaves — can only guess where or when he was born or who his father was.

Http://www.bookrags.com/notes/fred/

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/narrative/

http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/LitNote/id-84.html

About Frederick Douglass

http://www.shmoop.com/player/history/us/abolitionism/frederick-douglass.html

Abolitionism

http://www.shmoop.com/intro/history/us/abolitionism.html

Ruth asks…

Is the Bible a racist narrative?

It foretells a negative origin of Black people. It mentions no Asians or Native Americans. Its says the Jews were slaves but new evidence says they were not. It mentions no Mexicans but only Latinos name their sons “Jesus” and White people have used the Bible for over a 1,000 years to oppress other people and justify their rape and murder of other non-White people.

Michael answers:

“Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it.” (a christmas carol)

In the wedding parable jesus spoke of slaves as if it were normal to have them.

In The Song of Solomon the horny chick tells you that she is black, and that Solomon loves her in secret, and that is why she does not have to be poor like the rest of her family.

At the time the Bible was written Israel/Palestinians were not very familiar with southern europe and the far east if they even knew it existed at all.

Mary asks…

About the Narrative of the life of Fredrick Douglass…

Can someone help explain to me the author’s use of irony, both inherent and actualized in the religious slaveholders in the Narrative of the LIfe of Fredrick Douglass an American Slave? I don’t understand what exactly I should be looking for. Can someone give me an example to help me get started.
Thanks

Michael answers:

I don’t remember much about the story, but there would certainly be irony in slaveholders acting religious and claiming to be living up to Christ’s teachings about loving your neighbor, while at the same time they own slaves. If they are cruel to the slaves, then it is even worse. Could the situation be the inherent irony and their actions the actualized irony? Just a guess!

Mandy asks…

Is the illuminati goal to have happy slaves?

I think they’ve expirmented with diferent types of government. Liberal capitalism in the United States, totalitarian socialism and fascism in Russia, and they’ve made their decision . A totalatarian mix of both, but welfare is bad for them since it cuts into their production goals. Did they realize education of the poor is a bad thing? Is that the reason they gave up on the American poor and have moved on to the ignorant poor of the 3rd world through globalization?
Well I don’t believe illuminati is Jewish controlled. Its just a conglomerate of super rich, super powerful people.

Michael answers:

No, that’s totally wrong.
Conspiracism is a narrative form of scapegoating that portrays an enemy as part of a vast insidious plot against the common good. Conspiracism assigns tiny cabals of evildoers a superhuman power to control events, frames social conflict as part of a transcendent struggle between Good and Evil, and makes leaps of logic, such as guilt by association, in analyzing evidence. Conspiracists often employ common fallacies of logic in analyzing factual evidence to assert connections, causality, and intent that are frequently unlikely or nonexistent. As a distinct narrative form of scapegoating, conspiracism uses demonization to justify constructing the scapegoats as wholly evil while reconstructing the scapegoater as a hero.

Http://www.publiceye.org/conspire/index.html

The idea of a widespread freemason conspiracy originated in the late 1700’s and flourished in the US in the 1800’s. Persons who embrace this theory often point to purported Masonic symbols such as the pyramid and the eye on the back of the dollar bill as evidence of the conspiracy. Allegations of a freemason conspiracy trace back to British author John Robison who wrote the 1798 book Proofs of a Conspiracy Against All the Religions and Governments of Europe, carried on in the secret meetings of Free Masons, Illuminati, and Reading Societies, collected from good authorities. Robison influenced French author Abbé Augustin Barruel, whose first two volumes of his eventual four volume study, Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism, beat Robison’s book to the printer. Both Robison and Barruel discuss the attempt by Bavarian intellectual Adam Weishaupt to spread the ideas of the Enlightenment through his secretive society, the Order of the Illuminati, founded in 1775. The Enlightenment rationalist ideas of the Illuminati were, in fact, brought into Masonic lodges where they played a role in a factional fight against occultist philosophy. Weishaupt, a professor of Canon Law at the University of Ingolstadt in Germany, was banished in 1786 by the government, and the Illuminati suppressed.
Weishaupt, his Illuminati society, the Freemasons, and other secret societies are portrayed by Robison and Barruel as bent on despotic world domination through a secret conspiracy using front groups to spread their influence.
Barruel claimed the conspirators “had sworn hatred to the altar and the throne, had sworn to crush the God of the Christians, and utterly to extirpate the Kings of the Earth.” For Barruel the grand plot hinges on how Illuminati “adepts of revolutionary Equality and Liberty had buried themselves in the Lodges of Masonry” where they caused the French revolution, and then ordered “all the adepts in their public prints to cry up the revolution and its principles.” Soon, every nation had its “apostle of Equality, Liberty, and Sovereignty of the People.”
Robison, a professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, argued that the Illuminati evolved out of Freemasony, and called the Illuminati philosophy “Cosmo-politism”, and made the sweeping allegation:
Their first and immediate aim is to get the possession of riches, power, and influence, without industry; and, to accomplish this, they want to abolish Christianity; and then dissolute manners and universal profligacy will procure them the adherents of all the wicked, and enable them to overturn all the civil governments of Europe; after which they will think of farther conquests, and extend their operations to the other quarters of the globe, till they have reduced mankind to the state of one indistinguishable chaotic mass.
The major immediate political effect of allegations of an Illuminati Freemason conspiracy in Europe was to mobilize support for national oligarchies traditionally supported by the Catholic Church hierarchy. Across Europe authoritarian governing elites were coming under attack by reformist and revolutionary movements demanding increased political rights under secular laws. The ideas of the Enlightenment were incorporated by the leaders of both the French and American revolutions, and in a sense, these Enlightenment notions were indeed subversive to the established social order, although they were hardly a secret conspiracy. The special status of the Catholic Church in European nation-states was actually threatened by the ideas being discussed by the Illuminati and the rationalist wing of the Freemasons.
Several common conspiracist themes emerge from these two books. The Enlightenment themes of equality and liberty are designed to destroy respect for property and the natural social hierarchy. Orthodox Christianity is to be destroyed and replaced with universalist Deism…or worse. Persons with a cosmopolitan outlook–encouraging free-thinking and international cooperation–are to be suspect as disloyal subversive traitors out to undermine national sovereignty and promote anarchy.

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Your Questions About Slave Codes

Charles asks…

Test questions!!?

here are some more test questions i need help on! (: thank you!!

1. The churchs message of promise of freedom was a..
a) christian message
b) a message from a white man like garrison
c) a message from god
d) was not a message at all

2. The Turner slave revolt
a) showed white people that black’s were not scared of hem
b) scared white people
c) scared and outraged slave holders
d) was a success

3. “I consider it settled that the black and white people of america ought to share common destiny” was said by:
a) william llyod garrison
b) martin king
c) frederick douglass
d) malcolm x

4. Mills replaced the put out system
a) True
b) False

5. telegraph played a major role in railroad train scheduling
a) true
b) false

thanks again!

Michael answers:

1 b) U.S. Anti-slavery leader who campaigned for the total and immediate emancipation of the slaves. As founding- editor of the ‘Liberator’ and as founder of the anew England Antislavery Society, he strongly influenced Lincoln’s proclamation of imancipation and the adoption of the amendment to the U.S. Constitution forever prohibiting slavery.

2 c) Nat Turner, black leader of the Southampton slave insurrection in Virginia. He believed himself to be prompted by divine inspiration, and he and his band of 60 murdered 55 whites before being captured and convicted. The incident led to stricter slave codes.

3. C) He advocated the use of black troops in the Union Army during the Civil War and later worked in several capacities for the U.S. Government.

4.What is the put out system?

5. A) Trains were often delayed so communication was essential.

David asks…

A few questions on the American Revolution?

1. What was the name of the group of local men who agreed to form their own protection force in time of need (they were not the regular army)?

2. What was the name Washington gave his new army in 1775?

3. How many years, months, or amount of time, did slaves and indentured servants have to serve in the American army to be given their freedom?

Thanks for your help in advance….. it is okay if you can’t answer all of them:]

Michael answers:

1. The term “militia” is commonly used today to refer to a military force composed of ordinary citizens[1] to provide defense, emergency law enforcement, or paramilitary service, in times of emergency without being paid a regular salary or committed to a fixed term of service.
~ Answer ~ Militia

2. Washington Crossing the Delaware. During the American Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress appointed Washington as commander-in-chief of the newly-formed “Continental Army” on June 15, 1775.
~ Answer ~ The Continental Army

3. Slavery was the most extreme, but not the only form of unfree labor in British North America. Many Europeans and some Africans were held as indentured servants. Neither slaves nor indentured servants were free, but there were important differences. Slavery was involuntary and hereditary. Indentured servants made contracts, often an exchange of labor for passage to America. They served for a limited time, commonly seven years, and generally received “freedom dues,” often land and clothing, upon finishing their indenture. Although some slaves gained freedom after a limited term, others served for life, and a second generation inherited the slave status of their mothers. Gradually by the 18th century, colonial laws were consolidated into slave codes providing for perpetual, inherited servitude for Africans who were defined as property to be bought and sold.
~Answer ~ Commonly 7 years

Richard asks…

You will be asked to use full sentences to identify and explain the details and the historical significance of

-Black Codes
-Zimmerman Telegram
-Dawes Severalty Act
-Chinese Exclusion Act
-Social Darwinism
-Social Efficiency Movement

Michael answers:

In 1865, Southerners created Black Codes, which served as a way to inhibit the freedom of ex-slaves. Codes controlled almost all aspects of life and prohibited African Americans from the freedom that had been won.

A note sent in 1917 from the German Foreign Minister to his ambassador in Mexico, containing details of a proposed alliance against America; it was intercepted and published, strengthening US public support for war against Germany as part of World War One.

An act to provide for the allotment of lands in severalty to Indians on the various reservations, and to extend the protection of the laws of the United States and the Territories over the Indians, and for other purposes.

In the spring of 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Chester A. Arthur. This act provided an absolute 10-year moratorium on Chinese labor immigration. For the first time, Federal law proscribed entry of an ethnic working group on the premise that it endangered the good order of certain localities.

Social Darwinism, term to describe the idea that humans, like animals and plants, compete in a struggle for existence in which natural selection results in “survival of the fittest.” Social Darwinists base their beliefs on theories of evolution developed by British naturalist Charles Darwin. Some social Darwinists argue that governments should not interfere with human competition by attempting to regulate the economy or cure social ills such as poverty. Instead, they advocate a laissez-faire political and economic system that favors competition and self-interest in social and business affairs. Social Darwinists typically deny that they advocate a “law of the jungle.” But most propose arguments that justify imbalances of power between individuals, races, and nations because they consider some people more fit to survive than others.

The Efficiency Movement was a major dimension of the Progressive Era in the United States. It flourished 1890-1932. Adherents argued that all aspects of the economy, society and government were riddled with waste and inefficiency. Everything would be better if experts identified the problems and fixed them. The result was strong support for building research universities and schools of business and engineering, municipal research agencies, as well as reform of hospitals and medical schools.

William asks…

10 points! Justinian Code?!?

I would like to know your opinions on..
why is the Justinian Code significant/important?
what reveals about the culture which produce it?
what the document suggest about author?

Michael answers:

Justinian I (aka the Great) was an emperor of Rome and ruled 627-565. What he did was fundamental to the state of Roman law as we know it. He started off by wanting to rebuild the old Emporium Romanum and in order to do so, he had to clean up the mess that become of the “legal system” in ancient Rome. It is through this that he established his position as an emperor, and also stabilised the social system (esp. The position of slaves in society). He carried out the bulk of his “cleaning up” within 7 years, the rest was left for minor allterations. The Code itself (Codex Iustinianus) was what he began with and it dates back to 529 a.c. It’s a collection of Constitutions (leges) And if you think about it – by “cleaning up” AND regulating the law governing ancient Rome it mirrors the state of society and especially the situation of the slavery (f.e. It gave certain priviledges to slaves, f.e. They were allowed limited ownership rights etc.). It’s such a complex piece of work it cannot be defined in a couple of short sentences – in general, it bridged a gap between what was considered “folk” law and an established legal system. It’s a profound attempt to lay down ground rules in a vast, highly differenciated society.

Hope that helps.

Sharon asks…

Why did the black codes anger Republicans in congress?

Michael answers:

Because republicans had just finished freeing the slaves. As soon as the war was over and the southern states had been readmitted, they (southern democrats) immediately set to work to pass laws limiting the freedom of black people.

From day one democrats have been trying to create a perpetually dependent sub-class in society that they can pretend to nurse around election time in order to harvest votes. Way to go dems!!

And they have the nerve to call us racist. Because we treat everyone equally. You want a good job, work for it! You want insurance? Work for it! You want a house on the hill? Work for it! The problem with society is that nobody wants to work anymore!

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Your Questions About Slavery In America

Sandy asks…

Did you know that when slavery was abolished in America?

After Abraham Lincoln was President and slavery became illegal, that the persons from Africa who were slaves were given the choice to stay in America or go back to Africa and the trip and needs were supplied? This Country became Libya. My Great Grandfather was good to his slaves but history taught in schools teach how bad things were. Do you think that history needs to be taught as truly as possible?Why?

Michael answers:

Yes I do think that it should be taught truthfully. No other race has done so much for the advancement of blacks in any country than White Americans. Blacks in America enjoy a much higher quality of life and opportunities that they would never have if they were in some other country, but the current anti-White liberal agenda tries to brainwash people (and quite successfully as will be shown by the number of thumbs down this reply receives) into believing that White people are inherently evil and racist and should forever be punished for every perceived injustice ever committed.

Maria asks…

what if slavery comes back to america?

ok (hypothetically speaking) george bush wanted to bring back slavery does he just make the law or does it have to go thru congress like a bill does and vote on it? or can he just wake up one morning and says “lets make asians in america slaves” can he do this?
can any president do this?
i no it wont get passed i need to know if the president will alow it.
and to the douche that told me to go to bed i cant unless i find out the answer to this question cuz its for my government class u bish
wtf how am i a obama supporter wtf does obama have to do with my question. obvisouly if i said i asked this question for school that should tell you i cant vote!

Michael answers:

Yawn…Time for bed sweetie

Laura asks…

Question about slavery during the 1800s in America?

Explain the methods by which after about 1820 slave-owners stopped defending slavery as a necessary evil and began categorizing it as a positive good.

Michael answers:

You may find it helpful to look at John Calhoun, one of the leading proponents of the pro-slavery argument. The first source is a speech given by Calhoun on the subject; the second is a summary of the “Positive Good” theory.

Sharon asks…

Do you think America would be safer and better without black people?

I think slavery was one of America‘s biggest mistake

Michael answers:

Slavery was a big mistake as it tends to be an “INVASIVE” not to mention that there is less incentive to be productive. The U.S., Caribbean & Brazil, would have been populated more by Amerindians, instead of sub saharan settling through european conquest & marine technology.
Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, & Argentina quickly followed Northern Europe to banned importation of sub saharan while slave population was .001% for Canada & 1% for Mexico & others for they anticipated the burden that came with it that is now proving to be a curse. Mexico’s nationalistic immigration laws reflects that anticipation. A civil war may not have been fought over a 10-15% slave population. Yet Cuba & brazil had 2- 3x larger population & never went to civil war, although, it took much longer for them to phase it out.

Eastern Europe & the Orient weren’t stupid enough to engage in the transatlantic trade nor import sub saharans. To them it is far more beneficial to keep or bring in job creators in the country & employ the unemployed citizens from unskilled to skilled labor as they have their own citizens self reliance in mind, tribally, demographically, culturally, & spiritually. Heck N/W europe prohibited importing & owning slaves in their own turf. GB wised up with australia & sent their own people instead to settle & work the land. Haiti would have been the result if sub saharan slavery continue. Hispaniola would’ve still been a lush fertile land under W. European management. If they had brought in asians from india or china instead, haiti might have flourished like singapore or hong kong.

Kingdom of Bambara (Mali), Benin, Khasso, Bonny, Dahomey grew increasingly rich & highly dependent on the slave trade arguing that the slave trade is the ruling principle of their people, the source & glory of their wealth for it must continue as it is the verdict of their oracle and priests, though western european countries, however great, can never stop a trade ordained by God himself. They benefited a great deal in trading off their rejects, criminals, & rivals no longer have to deal with their captives, profiting & leaving more space, rather than executing their captives in annual ceremonial custom.

Civilization under a written language, bronze, full body garment, stone or brick dwelling/fortress & grand cities most likely began In the Caucus region. 4 small empires emerge in the middle east (mesopotamia & egypt). They were the Persians, Assyrians, Hittite, & Egypt with bronze at their disposal. Soon after larger Greek & the Romans empires emerges. East of the Caucus, Oriental empires emerges with iron, cast iron, & steel, later on, at their disposal, then India & Khmer. All competed with villages, kingdoms or empire within or along their borders for supremacy.
Since then slavery has been around, Until N/W Europeans & quakers decided to end it. Some followed, some needed convincing, & some were forced. In any culture or society it was much a way of life, the practice was a “Display of Superiority involving Nationalistic/Tribal Prejudicial Arrogance” over the spoils who were victims of their own inferiority fated with genocide as were the berbers threatened with genocide through islamic conversion (inquisition) & slavery.
Skin tone, Facial features, technological achievement/prowess, Clothing, Cultural differences & religion were identifiers.

Ancient belief in the caste system (Ancestral bondage/chattel) still exist in india & africa. Albinos are hunted down for body parts used in medicinal purposes or luck. Warfare, raiding, & lynching still persist in sub sahara. In the Americas, the aztec & mayans cultivate neighboring/surrounding tribes for sacrificial ceremony & view white as godliness (cortez & columbus was thought to be) akin to purity & light that give life (photosynthesis) warmth & happiness while darkness unleashes fear, loneliness, despair, & sadness just as white lions are worshiped in south sub sahara.

The Sahara Desert was a great barrier between the mid east & sub sahara so societies didn’t emerge into a technological civil empire in the likes of Qin, Rome, Greece, Hittite, Persia, Assyria & India. Camels originating from asia enabled imports of E. Sub saharan slaves while some were assimilated into middle eastern world of written language, bronze, trade & society to establish arab slave ports, until giant european boats made it quicker than crossing the sahara. W. Europeans (portuguese1st, spaniards 2nd, dutch 3rd) with their ship & captain being more efficient in long distant travel, established slave ports with certain tribes.

Ken asks…

How did slavery end from the topic ‘Black people of America’?

I’m learning about the black people of America and it’s asked me How did the slavery end?
Please give me an answer that I will be able to understand
Thank you

Michael answers:

Your question asked how did slavery end in the United States. The conflict arose during the birth of the U.S. And there were attempts to end it early by limiting the importation of slaves, allowing it in the territories and by state admission to the Union. However, the profitability of cotton during the Antebellum renewed interests in slavery and expansion into the western territories. So below you will find a brief history showing where it was allowed and prohibited.

1. Article 1 Section 9 of the United States Constitution protected slavery for 20 years.
2. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 prohibited slavery in the territory (first instance).
3. Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves of 1807
4. The Missouri Compromise of 1820 prohibited slavery in the Louisiana Territory, above the 36’30” line except for Missouri. States admitted would alternate; a free north state/a slave south state.
5. The Compromise of 1850 allowed slavery in some territorial areas, but refused to split California to allow slavery.
6. Civil War (1861) breaks out and slaves are fleeing the Confederate States of America (“CSA”) to Union territory. This was called “self emancipation”.
7. Lincoln issues First and Second Confiscation acts (1862) declaring slaves contraband subject to confiscation.
8. United States Color Troop regiment formed (not considered slaves despite Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 still in effect).
9. Lincoln invokes war powers and issues Emancipation Proclamation (1863) declaring slaves free going forward.
10. CSA began enlisting slaves to fight for Confederacy in exchange for freedom (which according to historians) signaled the death of slavery in the South.
11. Lincoln knows Emancipation Proclamation questionable, he and Radical Republican push Thirteenth Amendment through Congress; ratified by States (majority former CSA states approved) becomes effective December 6, 1865 which ended slavery in the United States except for punishment for a crime.

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Your Questions About Slave Songs

Ruth asks…

songs to dance in a pole?

could any one please find out any good songs to dance on a pole please…!!!
Or stripper songs too

Michael answers:

Here are just some songs I pole dance to when practicing or teaching, sorry I don’t include artists, not enough room!

Baby did a bad bad thing- chris isaak, bad girlfriend- deadman, bartender t-pain, behind every good woman- tracy bonham, bilingual- jose nunez, boys and girls- Good Charlotte, butterfly- Crazy town, candy shop- 50 cent, clumsy- fergie, coming undone- korn, crazy bitch- buckcherry, criminal- fiona spple, cyclone- baby bash, disturbia- rihanna, every plant we reach- gorillaz, fergalicious- fergie, gimmie more- brittney spears, Girlfriend Bridge- fergie vs Avril, Give me just one night- 98 degrees, Slave 4 u- britney spears, I’m in luv- t-pain, I like the way- Bodyrockers, I wanna f*ck you- akon, In da club- 50 cent, in these shoes- Kirsty macColl, Let me blow ya mind- Eve, Let me think about it- Ida corr, Like this- Mims, Lips like morphine- Kill Hannah, Liquid Dreams- O-Town, Maneater- nelly, Nasty naughty boy- christina aguliera, no diggity- blackstreet, Ominous man- verbe pipe, Party like a rock star- shop boyz, Perfect gentleman- wyclef jean, Pink- aerosmith, Poison- Groove Coverage, red light special- tlc, roxanne- police, sex and candy- marcy playground, sexuality- kd lang, shake- ying yang twins, she’s like the wind- patrick swayze, slow motion- juvenile…

Paul asks…

The BEST dance songs ?

I want some really really good dance songs. Some that you’d just know how to dance to when you hear them. Any ideas people ? :]

Michael answers:

I’m not sure what sort of dance songs you might like, specifically. I’m assuming that you wish for those ‘Get Up and Dance’ sort of songs, or the songs at parties/clubs?

Here is a short list of some of the ones I prefer:

Labels or Love – Ferigie
When I Grow Up – Pussycat Dolls
Bite The Dust – Pussycat Dolls
Don’t Stop The Music – Rihanna
Gimme More – Britney Spears
I’m A Slave 4 U – Britney Spears
Womanizer – Britney Spears
R&B Junkie – Janet Jackson
I Kissed A Girl – Katy Perry
Whine Up – Kat DeLuna
See You Again – Miley Cyrus
Low – Flo-Rida ft. T-Pain
Hotline – Ciara
Get Up – Ciara ft. Chamillionaire
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) – Amanda Seyfried
Voulez Vous – ABBA
Lay All Your Love On Me – ABBA

I personally find that looking up the records of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play or Billboard Hot Dance Airplay gives an excellent list of great dance songs, no matter which year the song is from. Or better still, look up all the charts when you have the time! :) You’ll be surprised – even some songs from the 80s are great too!

Mandy asks…

favourite britney spears song?

mine are: (drop dead) beautiful, bombastic love, boys, brave new girl, criminal, early mornin’, gasoline, i love rock and roll, i’m a slave 4 u, my prerogative, seal it with a kiss, shattered glass, stronger, sometimes, trouble for me and womanizer.,

Michael answers:

..Baby One More Time:
Because that’s the song/single that made her popular in Pop Culture

Sometimes:
Because that’s Britney back when she was innocent
When every guy had a crush on her
When she was a good role model for kids
When she got only a few haters

I’m a Slave 4 U:
That is Britney showing us that she’s growing up

I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman:
Because that ‘s Britney showing us the current phase in her life back then
And it’s a song where many girls can relate (I’m a guy)
I don’t know why many people hate this song

Everytime:
Because this song proves that Britney can also make good ballads

Till the World Ends:
Britney proves that she still got it

Britney fan forever

Ken asks…

Sweet apologizing song?

So here is the deal. I am working on a school screenplay. The main character in the story is a drug addict, her best friend wasn’t into that stuff. One day the person that deals the main character drugs invited them to a party. The main character forced her best friend to go with her. On their way back they all were really high. They get into a car crash and everyone died except for the main character and the driver. The main character was in a coma for about a couple of months. So this is when you guys come in. When the main character wakes up I need a song to explain what she is feeling and also trying to apologize to her dead best friend. If there is a song that has to do with apologizing in that way I would really appreciate you telling me! Please!

Michael answers:

Sounds cool! I thought of this song immediately. Check it out!

Feist, So Sorry

“So Sorry”

I’m sorry
Two words I always think
After you’ve gone
When I realize I was acting all wrong

So selfish
Two words that could describe
Oh actions of mine
When patience is in short supply

We don’t need to say goodbye
We don’t need to fight and cry
Oh we, we could hold each other tight tonight

We’re so helpless
We’re slaves to our impulses
We’re afraid of our emotions
And no one knows where the shore is
We’re divided by the ocean
And the only thing I know is
That the answer isn’t for us
No the answer isn’t for us

I’m sorry
Two words I always think
Oh after you’ve gone
When I realize I was acting all wrong

We don’t need to say goodbye
We don’t need to fight and cry
We, we could hold each other tight tonight
Tonight
Tonight
Tonight
Tonight…

Nancy asks…

Slave Trade Abolition Speech?

As an assignment I’ve been asked to come up with a speech about the abolition of the slave trade. I am supposed to pretend that I am a campaigner at the time of the abolition. I am very confident and persuasive but were looking for some inspirational quotes that relate to the abolition. I could piece any notes together well. Please help me with inspirational quotes or sayings, to be extra persuasive? Thanks!

Michael answers:

“While one of us is a slave, none of us is free.”
The Reverend John Wesley MA – Methodist

In this, our 21st century, there are an estimated 21,000,000 slaves worldwide.
In the 18th century, there were an estimated 11,000,000 black slaves.

The fight against slavery must go on and we must revive our efforts to end it forever.

William Wilberforce MP

Acting out as Wm. Wilberforce MP House of Commons

Amazing Grace – the movie – 2006

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBjvQ7GN47I&feature=related

The last letter written by the Reverend John Wesley MA to his friend William Wilberforce MP

http://gbgm-umc.org/umw/wesley/wilber.stm

The most lasting and most popular song ever written is called “Amazing Grace” – it was written by John Newton, a former slave ship captain who came over to Jesus. It is as popular today as when it was sung by the Methodists of the 18thC including Wm. Wilberforce.

Amazing Grace by John Newton – Methodist
Here sung for us by the Soweto Gospel Choir

Here is a rousing hymn, one of 7,000 written by Charles Wesley brother of John.
An methodii – the Methodists – “And Can it Be”.

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQeIGbKqiw8

The Reverend John Wesley MA – a sermon by him here given by an actor for the purpose of our education and betterment.

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFqFtDgaI5E

Be of good heart – Jesus is with you always. Fight the good fight – end slavery forever.

Methodist – London UK

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