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Wealth and Slavery in Massachusetts | Stuff You Missed in History Class

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Tracy and Holly visit the Royall House and Slave Quarters historic site and museum in Medford, Massachusetts to learn about its history and its place in the larger narrative of slavery in America. MUSIC: ‘Élégie, op. 24’ composed by Gabriel Fauré, performed by Hans Goldstein RELATED LINKS: http://www.royallhouse.org/ Wealth and Slavery in Massachusetts | Stuff You Missed in History Class https://youtu.be/QdE7ravZvas
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Drty Harry (5 hours ago)
He was scared of the Haitians. Facts #1804
Karian S (1 month ago)
I'm so happy to have a face for you guys now! Way to rock the purple hair!
Queen A (2 months ago)
Smh at slavery
Ra Akhanaten (2 months ago)
Tracy V Wilson 😚
medped (9 months ago)
SHAME!!!! What is there to be proud of? It's disgraceful
Josetta Adams (10 months ago)
Lets talk about the basic concept of supply and demand.. Both the seller and buyer play a part, no?
Cristofer Erlandsson (11 months ago)
But why not mention that the ones that sold your ancestors around were yourself? You know that the french, britts and spain wasnt capturing you like you say in the video but other African (whom negros like to call bro) were selling its own people to the highest bidder (Britts, la france & espaNa) Im a Swede (we have never had anything to do with slavery btw) and Ive been in US countless times and had a gf in miami and I cant tell you how many times I was called out for beeing the European that I am who captured their ancestors etc. When I counterargumented with the real story they just laughed at me like I was a retard. Do I, a young Swede almost 8k kiliometers (4,776 miles) away really know more about your own history than yourself? AFRICANS SOLD AFRICANS and now the various groups like BLM are calling me a slavetrader whiteboi whos family was responsible in hundreds of negros captured. I smell some real badass ignorance over in "the land of the free" (btw what a joke that is, you are kinda the most suppressed population in the modern world, thank your goverment and ex prez mr Obama for that)
Rocio Chavez (1 year ago)
we are all human no matter color or race this is just sad i hate this time of history its just a shame how you can feel your better than someone just because your color or the fact that you had money
tamapalagi (1 year ago)
blacks were deemed perfect for slavery because they can always be spotted as slaves because they are black.
Da Noyze (1 year ago)
I have to call BS African kings was selling and enslaving their own people. let's talk about the Islamic slave trade of Africa. there's more slavery today in Africa than there was in the past fact
Da Noyze (1 year ago)
lol I knew in the back of my mind their so-called professional would be a black woman which in no way shape or form has ever been or will be a Slave.
edward lewis (1 year ago)
What is the difference between slaves and pets?
Saint Trinian (1 year ago)
RealTalk Yeah? Is that because slaves live off air and grow clothes, tools, and homes from positive thinking?.. Ugh!
RealTalk (1 year ago)
Slaves make you money pets cost you money lol
DigiPal (1 year ago)
Can someone please explain why nobody say that, in the first place, "black" africans and muslims, sometimes both together, were behind most of the kidnappings in smalls villages in Africa? It's a known fact now. Not that I don't want to see that slavery in America was a white men business, but in Africa, muslims and black men were behind these kidnappings, for a large amount, as the historicians say now.
redneckhippiefreak (1 year ago)
The thing that I find sad. Questioning if We ever stopped the practice or just repackaged it in a more sterile and attractive package.. =/
Nexus of ice (1 year ago)
I think that is a little bit of incorrect information about who captured the African slaves... OTHER African tribes captured other Africans and sold them into slavery to the Europeans on the ships most of the time. So the Africans were actually selling themselves into slavery. I think the "expert" needs some more research time.
Taylor Teller (1 year ago)
ok u learn this . but I don't & not interested
EyE AM (1 year ago)
Have you guys ever looked into the flat Earth theory. I know It sounds stupid, but if you {really} look hard enough you won't like what you find. Just keep asking yourself why and don't get scared. "I'm Sorry" but you will see things differently from that point on. Question everything Sincerely, I AM
Tyler Clow (4 months ago)
EyE AM Completely irrelevant to this video, but thanks...
jerospace (1 year ago)
Great job ladies! More videos please:)
light within (1 year ago)
they enslaved human beings for money. a lot of people got tortured and bad things happened..now the rich and the slaves died...each person is now facing the consequences of their action in the other life.
marie1w (1 year ago)
it would be nice to try and locate the ancestors of the slaves then sell the house and pay them or start reparations in some form because they are still making money on that plantation.
The Utopiano Utopioan (4 months ago)
marie1w, And besides, the government already gives many blacks reparations in the form of WELFARE! Courtesy of the working population who has their money STOLEN from them via income taxes!
The Utopiano Utopioan (4 months ago)
marie1w, NO! Let's NOT give African Americans reparations! Slavery died out in America during the 1860's that's before most people's great grandparents were born! So why should we give reparations to the decendents of slaves?
Steve West (1 year ago)
One trillion in welfare. An additional 250 points to their SAT scores. College and job preference. An entire set of laws (civil rights laws) just for them. What about the whites. We were persecuted where we lived and came here as refugees/immigrants. The racist Indians said we didn't have a right to be here, like what is being said now about the Muslims. That's what happened in the U.S. What happened south of the border in the rest of the Americas was done by the Hispanic's , Iberian's, Mediterranean's. The north American white was mostly from Germania, Britannia, Gaul and Scandinavia and we didn't get here until the 1600's.
Da Noyze (1 year ago)
sounds like another form of government assistance. the 7 most scariest words are. we're here from the government to help
DigiPal (1 year ago)
Hope you're not the real one...
Charles Labedz (1 year ago)
the Europeans weren't enslaving the Africans... they were purchasing them at the slave market in Africa. otherwise this is a great video.
cbenji07 (8 months ago)
Charles Labedz no evidence of slave auctions in Africa. However, there's a plethora of evidence of slave auctions in Europe and their colonies in America. So please stop lying. The Europeans were continuing the Crusades against the Moors and confiscating their lands via the doctrine of discovery.
Tjaty AHATI (1 year ago)
+David Noyse same old victim argument SMH....yes white people are the greatest thing since sliced bread...get over yourself
Da Noyze (1 year ago)
when you grow up telling yourself you're a victim without actually being a victim this is what happens you grow up being a victim of your own mentality
Charles Labedz (1 year ago)
the student you continue to astound. could it be that you do not understand premise + premise = conclusion. so I copy paste your derogatory description of me an my ancestry. added your inferences(which mean exactly that) and concluded you have lost the logical argument. you provided the exception to the rule that proves the rule. ergo in the main, slavers did act in such a way(I.e. bought slaves at market) your counterpoint and supporting citation clearly said that mostly slaves were bought at market. and that proved me right and you wrong. you attempted to control the conversation by ignoring my righteous logic and continue to express your inability to discuss and argue. by the way ad homonym means "against the man" it is when a fool attacks an individual instead of arguing from logic. you continue to do so.
Tjaty AHATI (1 year ago)
+Charles Labedz "You also inferred that I owned slaves or approved of slavery." Where did I say this...you need to read what I wrote not say what you think...and yes you are no different than the murderous pricks of the past.
Grimm_ Ace (1 year ago)
So if you're wealthy, life is fun. If you're poor it's terrible. I already knew that lol.
Dan Troop (1 year ago)
Slavery at any time in its long history is deplorable. It was bad when the Egyptians did it, when the Greeks did it, when the Romans did it, when Europeans did it or were taken as slaves by other tribes or cultures and is still wrong today when it is still practiced in third world countries and Muslim groups. European slave traders did not go out into the African countryside and capture slaves, they bought the African slaves other which Africans had captured and sold to whoever had the money.
cbenji07 (8 months ago)
Dan Troop Most blacks were already in America stop tryna deflect from what yall did over here.
Kamikaze (11 months ago)
"BOTH buyer AND seller are equally horrible and responsible."This is like saying that a drug addict buying drugs is just as horrible as a guy maintaining a vast network aimed at hooking people and ruining their lives. Selling people (especially captives) into slavery was common because people needed goods and money and this was one way of getting them. Doesn't make it moral exactly but it does make it completely different from creating and maintaining a vast industry and racist ideas that rely on treating blacks literally like cattle. In most of the world slavery wasn't as brutal and inhumane as it was in the US nor tied so much to race and theories of inferiority. It was Americans and only Americans that made it so horrible, not the blacks selling other blacks to them (who probably didn't even know where they were going). Black people, like any other people, are capable of racism and committing atrocities but what you are doing here is complete false equivalence.
Nerd 45102 (1 year ago)
Well the Africans were captured and they were sold by other African counterparts like royalty, chiefs, etc. Some even were convinced to be indentured servants
Jay Tiger (1 year ago)
+Nexus of ice​ so to reiterate it steal doesn't make it right and if that case you want make people won't blaming Europeans and anybody else for what they did
Jay Tiger (1 year ago)
+Nexus of ice and usually their masters wouldn't just let them be free
Christine Awesomesauce (1 year ago)
Love this - please do more historical videos!!
Cristofer Erlandsson (11 months ago)
But why not mention that the ones that sold your ancestors around were yourself? You know that the french, britts and spain wasnt capturing you like you say in the video but other African (whom negros like to call bro) were selling its own people to the highest bidder (Britts, la france & espaNa)
HowStuffWorks (1 year ago)
Thank you! <3 We're definitely looking for opportunities for Tracy & Holly to take us on more historical field trips.
Nausi Windstrider (1 year ago)
I was thrilled to see Holly and Tracy together on a video. After a moment of fangirl glee I sobered and was filled with gratefulness for what the two of you do. I was not aware that any place like this existed. Just as with you podcast ep about the Tenement museum you've opened my eyes to another way history is living and breathing all around us. It's so important to be mindful of the fact that America is not an old nation, and these things are not all that far in the past, not in the grand scheme of things. We are still feeling the effects of these events in our society. (Speaking for Americans) Thank you again for all that you do to help broaden the perspectives of people all over the world. The two of you are heroes and role models for me that I put along side Isaac Asimov, Ursula K Lu Guin, and Trevor Noah.
regantlew15 (1 year ago)
white people evil as fuck
Saint Trinian (1 year ago)
R Pigeon Hahahaha. Wow, you are a linguist's wet dream. Bye bye, Estragon. (Heehee) ESTRAGON: Well? Shall we go? VLADIMIR: Pull on your trousers. ESTRAGON: What? VLADIMIR: Pull on your trousers. ESTRAGON: You want me to pull off my trousers? VLADIMIR: Pull ON your trousers. ESTRAGON: (realizing his trousers are down). True. He pulls up his trousers. VLADIMIR: Well? Shall we go? ESTRAGON: Yes, let's go. (They do not move.)
R Pigeon (1 year ago)
+Saint Trinian, oh all mighty ST! What's the matter? Why are you still trying to convince me of your superior status? Was my last comment not enough ofca surrender for you? Or, are you trying to convince yourself? Well, take heart, all mighty one, for I am thouroughly convinced of your splendidness! You need not try to convince me any longer. How can anyone, as insignificant as myself, do anything but bow to your mightiness? Okay, here's where I let you have the last word in this argument. So, go ahead, knock yourself out. Again, have a fabulous day! Oh, I know, parting is such sweet sorrow. Perhaps we shall meet again, in some other comment. Farewell!
Saint Trinian (1 year ago)
R Pigeon Dismissing the person while refusing to engage with the debate is a tell tale sign of feeble thinking and a fragile ego. If my articulate and accurate use of language threatens you (as your dismissal would suggest) please take to heart that my writing reflects my belief that a person's use of language should state their intention by being clear and on point. So, when I encounter shoddy arguments (yours were shoody!) or defensive 'straw man' tactics deployed to deflect my attention from the debate at hand I roll up my sleeves and get dug in. You are sulking, aren't you?! This rather enjoyable chat began because you are offended by being corrected. Look, you are better informed than you were several hours ago. That's a win win for you. Didn't cost you a penny *and* I've protected your fragility by not proof editing your previous comment. Now, stop your sulking. Stop it... Be good, now.
R Pigeon (1 year ago)
+Saint Trinian, I think you read a bit more into my comment than was meant. But, that's okay. I wouldn't think of ruining that feeling of power you have, surging through your veins, for having put me in my place. Kudos to you! Run along now, and find someone else who doesn't know there place. You've work to do.
Saint Trinian (1 year ago)
R Pigeon You bet I am! Do not confuse intelligently applied knowledge, an ability to debate effectively with an inability to be the life and soul of the party. Are you sulking? You're free! Be happy!
norfillyson (1 year ago)
Very important
dan wolves (1 year ago)
Wow, you would think at least one of 'em would have started a candle~making business ..huh. H@! Sheesh, one would ((think)) that if they made everything.. they could have made BANK off doing so after Slavery was abolished ?!! Oh well, should have, could have.. would have ..huh.
Saint Trinian (1 year ago)
dan wolves Resources... Or the lack of! Do your 'woulda, coulda. shoulda' reasoning is bs.
zach vellekamp (1 year ago)
100% Garunteed those girls both on tumblr