Racism takes many forms and colors.

Catherine Marenghi
Marblehead, MA

My family is white, and I was pleased to find no slave owners in my past — but I found a slave. The American Revolutionary War was fought with the help of slave soldiers: Hessian (German) soldiers were forcibly taken from their homes an sold as slave soldiers to King George of England. One of my ancestors was forced into being a slave soldier at the age of 14, captured in Newport, RI, then forced into indentured servitude. Not as terrible a slavery as Africans endured — but another variant of slavery in our collective American history.


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