Raised in California, old Army wife, moved around a lot.
Few years ago, lived in Greenville, SC for 6 years.
Observing Southern culture was a real education.
Black/white race relations were far more amiable than what I was use to in the West. It raised a lot of questions about black slaves that never left their “owners”, for all that slavery had been they were thankful to in America. “Owners” that freed their slaves before the war.
That led me to ask the question, “Why are we led to believe Americans were the only ones to hold slaves? It’s the evil Americans history? Were there no slaves in Europe?
When I started asking those questions, it opened up the whole history of slavery. Very short conclusion: For most of history, in most of the world, slavery has been the norm for all races.
Ending slavery in Great Britain and America is the real story! Something the world had never experienced on such a scale before.