Three books on the suppressed history of slavery in the United States

By Andrew Hamilton

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Caught in an avalanche of anti-white propaganda and discrimination, it’s easy to forget that Jews and governments have other enemies, other people they hate besides whites.

One such group is the Nation of Islam (NOI), a black American religious organization founded in 1930. Its national headquarters, Mosque Maryam, is located in Chicago.

NOI’s current leader is Louis Farrakhan, 79, born Louis Eugene Wolcott in the Bronx, but raised in Boston. Raised Episcopalian, he attended the Boston Latin School. Starting at age 6 he received rigorous training on the violin.

Interestingly, Farrakhan, like famed black nationalist Marcus Garvey, is of Afro-Caribbean descent: his mother was born in Saint Kitts and Nevis and his father, a taxicab driver, was from Jamaica. American blacks and Afro-Caribbean blacks are socially and ethnically distinct.

Prior to joining the Nation of Islam in 1955, he worked as a professional muscian. Farrakhan is hated by Jews, and has long been targeted by powerful hate groups such as the ADL and SPLC.

Jews also detest the Nation of Islam itself. In 1942 a secret ADL file, “Temple of Islam Infiltration,” stated that “a Negro employed by us” proved “quite instrumental” in an FBI raid on the Chicago mosque that resulted in 82 arrests. In 1959 the American Jewish Committee sent black spies from the Urban League to report on an appearance by then-NOI leader Elijah Muhammed in Newark.

Here I will briefly survey three books published by the Nation of Islam that should be of utmost interest to white readers.

This now-famous book, relying primarily upon the works of mainstream Jewish scholars, demonstrates in meticulous detail and with formidable documentation that Jews were at the very center of the trans-Atlantic slave trade as merchants, financiers, shippers, and insurers. They also sold the products of slave labor on international markets.

The credibility of this underground classic speaks for itself. It relates a fascinating, previously invisible story that every educated American should know about.

According to the NOI, it is a “persistent but mythological claim that Jews were either co-sufferers or innocent bystanders” during the slaveholding era. (Compare Jews’ alignment with Aborigines against whites in current Australian propaganda: “[We are] two peoples with histories of dispossession and humiliation and killing who recognise each other, who find points of intersection and of parallel.”)

The first third of Secret Relationship surveys the role of Jews in colonial slavery in South America and the Caribbean, the middle third that of slavery in colonial North America and the antebellum South. The final 100 pages consists of an alphabetical list and capsule biographies with extensive footnotes of dozens and dozens of prominent Jews involved in slavery.

Their role was not small. Jews were particularly active outside the present borders of the US in Brazil and the Caribbean.

North American Jews owned black servants and Jewish plantation owners in the South worked their lands with black slaves.

“In 1820,” historian Jacob Rader Marcus wrote in 1989, “over 75 percent of Jewish families in Charleston, Richmond, and Savannah owned slaves, employed as domestic servants; almost 40 percent of all Jewish householders in the United States owned one slave or more.”

Refuting arguments that US census records confirm only a “modest” level of slaveholding among Jews, the authors point out that Jews were twice as likely as white Americans to own slaves.

In addition, Jewish merchants sold dozens, even hundreds, of slaves at auction, turning over their chattel inventory as rapidly as possible to maximize profits. Brief ownership by slave merchants of this kind is not captured in census records.

Not only were there no protests against slavery by Southern Jews, but very few Jews anywhere in the United States protested slavery on moral grounds.

Today, the Nation of Islam writes, The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews “can be found in the collections of every major academic library, including those of every Ivy League college and university.”

Since its publication, the book has given the Jews fits. The ADL devoted a lengthy hit piece to it, and no less than three book-length attacks by Jewish authors have been “laundered” through mainstream publishers including New York University Press and Transaction Publishers. Hostile articles were also planted in scholarly journals.

Supportive white academics like Yale philo-Semite and convert to Judaism David Brion Davis were enlisted in the cause, as was Harvard University’s resident Uncle Tom, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

In a degrading act of self-delegitimation, the American Historical Association (AHA) issued a public statement at the behest of three influential Jewish members condemning any historical account “alleging that Jews played a disproportionate role in the Atlantic slave trade.” The AHA statement is frequently cited as “authority” to undermine the legitimacy of the book.

In the conventional slavery narrative of academia and the AHA, the Jews of history vanish, replaced solely by Christian and European evildoers. In addition to general polemical attacks tricked out in academic guise, the Jews viciously assaulted individual foes on a personal level.

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