James A. Landau <JJJRLandau@netscape.com> JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM
Sun Jan 3 01:04:26 UTC 2010

On Fri, 1 Jan 2010 21:35:22 Zulu minus 0500 Wilson Gray (ADS's answer tp Joel Chandler Harris) at <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:

So, if a gladiatory slave managed to survive to the age of sixty, he
would be released from gladiation, but returned to his earlier state
of hard labor as a slave, for the remainder of his life, presumably?
No wonder that American slaves were so happy-go-lucky, knowing that
they would be retired to a life of Uncle-Remus-like ease till the end
of their days!

Considering that there were no fewer than 53 slave revolts in the US between 1800 and 1864, you will understand if I be skeptical of that "happy-go-lucky" stereotype.

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