Did you know that racial slavery did not begin in the British North American colonies until over sixty years after Blacks colonists lived in Jamestown, Virginia (the first successful settlement)?
For example, Anthony Johnson was a rich Virginia planter in the 1640s, who happened to arrive in Virginia as Antonio the Negro. He married a woman named Mary and bought an estate he named Angola. Slavery was not a system considered by the British colonists until the late 1670s. He was not a slave because no Blacks were slaves originally. He, and other Blacks, enjoyed full equality under the law. To find out why the colonists resorted to racial slavery, and how this decision still affects race relations today, you should purchase my forthcoming book, 10 Keys to African American History.