I understand how Alabama developed.
Mind you, an understanding is not the same as an endorsement, but an understanding is a powerful start nonetheless. An insightful 'understandng' of something, can in fact represent a new baseline for the possible empowering of generations to come. This is my aim. A positive shift, for Alabama. All of Alabama.
There is no accident that most early 19th century millionaires in America were literally headquartered or situated in the Deep South, importantly Mississippi and Alabama. I am not talking about some millionaires, or even a good many. I am talking about America’s vast majority of millionaires in the 19th century, could be found centered in the slave states. Even more instructive, these millionaires were largely located in the plantation mansions that dotted the Mississippi River.
For me, the untold story of the Deep South is not so much the devastating inhumanity of man to man that was slavery itself, but moreso the overwhelming economic benefits associated with the so-called ‘free labor,’ that the horrors of slavery provided.
Africa and African’s expertise in all things agriculture, synced up almost perfectly with the 17th century economic GDP bumper crop in the Western Hemisphere: the emergence of the agricultural age.
The modern world has undergone four major economic booms over the last 200 years; the agricultural age, the industrial age, the technology age, and what we know now to be the information age.
The important thing to note here is that because of the so-called ’innovation of that day, the strategic advantage, and the economic benefits of the business plan called slavery,’ made the Deep South, and places like Alabama, effectively the economic Silicon Valley of the 18th and 19th century, as noted by Imara Jones in Color Lines.