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From 1906 through 1946, one African American woman worked from sunrise to sunset every day for free, because she believed she was a possession awarded her mistress in a divorce proceeding.  She was fed table scraps and made to sleep in a car among suitcases every night. Through the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and WWII, this woman was a slave.

Is this or anything like it happening in America today? Think of elderly people that never come out of their family’s home, for instance. Who knows how many slaves we have today? At any rate the last prosecuted case was heard in Southern California in 1947.

The Los Angeles California Eagle posted the story on March 6, 1947.  The Kingston NY Daily Freeman ran it on March 20. They both reported that a wealthy Boston, Massachusetts couple, Elizabeth and Alfred Ingalls, enslaved a woman on threat of imprisonment or commitment to a mental asylum. They got away with it for 40 years…

via California 1947: The Last Documented Court Case of Black Slavery In America.


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