All of the page numbers at this point make me think of historical events. In 1865 the 13th amendment was narrowly introduced into the constitution. In case you don’t have them memorized that’s the one that abolished slavery in the U.S. The American Civil War ended in 1865, but even today we feel the ripples of those events across time. The reality of how people felt, why they acted as they did, has faded from memory & now we misremember it as legend. Of course, even at the time they couldn’t agree on reality any more than we can now. If nothing else we moved forward & wrote it down so we might better remember our faults & build on our strengths.
I was watching an alternate history video about if slavery in the U.S. had never happened & they brought up the silver lining to that dark cloud. If not for slavery American culture now would likely be homogenous & we would be poorer for lack of the innovations that black people gave to society. America would suck a lot more if we never had to admit that “all people are created equal”. Even thought it took a ridiculously long time for us to get there, & just as long to get most people on board with the idea. Anyway the long and short of it was that the suffering caused by slavery wasn’t in vain. I can understand the point they were trying to make because imagining America without black people as a driving force in society is pretty bleak.
Somebody found the video in question. Before you have a conniption in the comments take a look at the video first. It’s not presented in a disrespectful way. What If American Slavery Never Existed?