The Incomplete List of US Companies & Universities That Benefited From Black Slavery

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brown-university-hall University Hall in Brown University. Providence, Rhode Island, December 27th 2003.

Americans tend to think that only the South or only slave traders and slave owners benefited from slavery.

But it was not that simple. Slaves and land were the main forms of wealth in the US before 1860. Therefore slaves figured in insurance policies and bank loans. Therefore universities turned to slave owners and slave traders to raise money. Industry in the North and in Britain made money processing slave-grown tobacco, cotton and sugar from the South and the Caribbean. Railway companies used slave labour. The most profitable activity on Wall Street was – the slave trade.

For example:

aig

AIG – bought American General Financial which owns US Life Insurance Company. US Life used to insure the lives of slaves.

aetna

Aetna – insured the lives of slaves in the 1850s.

bank-of-america

Bank of America – grew in part out of…

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