I just began watching
Slavery and the Making of America, a
PBS documentary that explores the contributions enslaved people made during
the foundational years of our American project. I highly recommend it.
In the first episode, the documentarians demonstrate how corporate interests
prevailed over human rights as the slave trade became a burgeoning business
not only for the traders themselves, but also for the ship builders, sail
makers, insurance companies, and others who became involved. As the industry
grew and became increasingly profitable, white interests coalesced to
make human enslavement of Africans a legal and essential part of life
in both northern and southern colonies.
I find the emergence of the laws governing slavery both fascinating and
horrifying. How did this happen in America? How was slavery not only sanctioned
but actually rewarded by our legal system? The simple, ugly truth is that
love of money and love of leisure triumphed violently for two centuries
over the most basic human decency.
It makes me think how fragile our democracy is, and how hard we must work
to honor the people who gave their lives - often unwillingly - so that
we could enjoy the freedoms we do today. We should never take freedom
or our future for granted.
Similarly, if you as an individual are ever charged with a crime, then
you should not leave your freedom or your future up to chance.
Contact a Wilkes-Barre criminal lawyer at Rogan Law as soon as you can. Having a Wilkes-Barre criminal lawyer
on your side as early as possible in the legal process can even improve
your chances significantly. Call
Rogan Law for your
free consultation today.