Yes, certainly. Of course, we learn American history in a European context, sort of looking over that way, over and slightly down, but I think that that is unfair.
So, yes, we know about slavery but not as much and not in the way that the Americans do. I learnt to understand that it is, in a way, informative for that culture. The Civil War was not just a clash of ideologies.
The Civil War was nation building. It was formative for this nation and for this culture but somehow I am not sure that the major problem and conundrum was really solved.
It was solved on many levels but maybe not to the core and that is something that I started to understand.
There is another thing that I discovered, which was that slavery and the slave trade was outlawed in Europe while it was still going on in America. And why would that be?
I wondered. I don’t know. I will have to ask an historian but it was the only market place and there was no other market place for slaves.
And I found that really interesting. It’s the years that the Industrial Revolution was in full blast and the Communist Manifesto was already last year’s news and yet there was still a market place, an economical basis, for trading human beings. Fascinating.