[Ads-l] "slave"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 2 22:00:28 EDT 2016

On Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 9:37 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> Literal African slaves would seem not to figure into that metaphoric
> and symbolic patriotic discourse.

And there is no how or why slaves - whether literally African or merely of
African descent - *could* have figured in it. What, exactly, would the
unescaped slaves still in the hands of their American owners have been
doing during the battle, other than trying to escape, that could possibly
have engaged the attention of FSK? And what is the possibility that he
would have praised them for such a treacherous action that probably would
have been interpreted, at best, as "cowardice in the face of the enemy"?

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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