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December 06, 2006


Bob Knaus

Want some more history?

My great-great-great-grandfather Jacob Knaus was a slaveholder in Missouri. He went to the California Gold Rush in 1849, which is where he got the money to buy them. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, he and his two oldest sons volunteered on the Union side. They were ignominously defeated by the Confederates in the Battle of the Hemp Bales at Lexington MO, and spent the remainder of the war hiding out from Union recruiters.

Jacob's sons remained attached to their father's ex-slaves after emancipation, taking care of them in their old age. Politically, they were staunch Republicans, which meant they favored the interests of blacks and opposed the Democratic-sponsored KKK and its ilk.

All of this is true! Isn't history messy?

Kimberly DeWitt

I am only coming across this page as I research for a paper. But, I can't help but take a moment and comment on the statements that have been made on this subject; many of them reflecting the general opinions of the average "educated" adult.
Simple question. If while studying history we become so bogged down with placing blame on the perpetuators of injustice, are we accomplishing the purpose of studying history in the first place? There is not one society, race or religion, through-out all of history, that is without its moral and ethical injustices. This is not to excuse anyone or anything, but the argument surrounding the issue of slavery is so complex that to look at it from only one angle, or "side", is to stubbornly choose to ignore the other significant factors.
Who is worse, the man who buys another man, or the man who sells the man he calls his brother?

ashley major

i love bahamian history!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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