Did slaves get tattoos?

Not in any way. Most Confederate tattoo artists used their slaves to create the ink. Tattoo artists are not permitted to work on American slaves.

Slavery during Reconstruction

Did slavery exist under slavery?

Historians can’t provide conclusive answers, but they do know that slaves made up roughly 30% of the slave population during Reconstruction.

Did blacks wear red or blue?

Yes. For those not familiar with the history of red and blue, here is an explanation from the Encyclopedia of the American South (see image below).

“Red was used commonly on slaves. It was the color most closely associated with their owner. A large number of slaves wore red; many wore blue. The color was a symbol of honor and pride, the most important color of the American South.”

What colors did slaves wear?

There are no clear answers to this question. However, we do know that slavery was abolished in most parts of the country by 1865 while the South remained in power.

Slavery as a symbol

Did slaves create and wear the symbol of slavery?

Yes. Many slaves in the South were well educated and had jobs. They were able to write and communicate quickly, so they were involved in the public’s awareness of the evils of slavery.

How does the symbol play in our public history

The flag of the Confederacy was a red, white and blue, or so was the symbol of the Confederacy. But it never changed: until 1967.

In 1967, the Civil Rights Act outlawed all state actions, schools and media which were discriminating on the basis of race and national origin. It was signed into law in April. Before that, there were some small changes which were put into place. But by that time, the issue was covered by the media.

How does the issue of slavery and racism in America play in our American history?

Our children’s educational system teaches the flag of the Confederacy. A large part of the curriculum is devoted to images and the history of the white minority.

How do we teach our children about history? How do we teach our children about history? Click here for further reading on how history and symbols play in the American experience.

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