here is one such book http://www.jstor.org/stable/25118876
From 1641 to 1652, over 500,000 Irish were killed by the English and another 300,000 were sold as slaves. Ireland’s population fell from about 1,500,000 to 600,000 in one single decade. Families were ripped apart as the British did not allow Irish dads to take their wives and children with them across the Atlantic. This led to a helpless population of homeless women and children. Britain’s solution was to auction them off as well.
During the 1650s, over 100,000 Irish children between the ages of 10 and 14 were taken from their parents and sold as slaves in the West Indies, Virginia and New England. In this decade, 52,000 Irish (mostly women and children) were sold to Barbados and Virginia. Another 30,000 Irish men and women were also transported and sold to the highest bidder. In 1656, Cromwell ordered that 2000 Irish children be taken to Jamaica and sold as slaves to English settlers.
England continued to ship tens of thousands of Irish slaves for more than a century. Records state that, after the 1798 Irish Rebellion, thousands of Irish slaves were sold to both America and Australia.
The Irish Slave Trade – The Forgotten “White” Slaves – Rasta Livewire
anyway, most folks here agree that one cannot be a Libertarian and also support the right to own slaves. The two are as mutually-exclusive as water and fire.
I’m not sure you can make that association considering the times, back in their day slave owership wasn’t anything unusual . Most wealthy people had them, it was a way of life. Some if not most of the founding fathers may have disagreed with slavery, but during that time it was a way of life.
In My opinion, it would be like looking back 200 years from now, and asking the question, was Al Gore really concerned with saving the planet ( or any person you care to name) when his foot print was nearly 6 times that of the common population? Was Bush or Obama really concerned with the country’s growing debt when in 12 years they increased that debt from 4 trillion dollars to over 15 trillion dollars ??
I think it’s easy to look back 200 years after the fact and question anything, In reality you are asking someone to tell you what our founding fathers thought in their head, and in there heart compared to their actions at the time they lived ……. I for one don’t believe that can be done.
So my answer would be that yes 200 years ago .. you could have been both .. and no, in todays world .. you couldn't
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