in the Antebellum South, slaves dreaded January 1 -- A.K.A. "Heartbreak Day" -- because New Year's Day was traditionally when debts were settled, resulting in black families being torn apart as slave owners sold or rented slaves out long-term to pay back those they owed money to. ⛓ .
Jefferson, the 3rd US president, owned over 600 slaves throughout his life. One of them was Sally Hemings, the half-sister of his wife (so also a product of slave rape by Jefferson's father-in-law) who Jefferson raped when she was 14 years old. ☹️ .
In his entire life, Jefferson freed 9 slaves. 9 slaves out of 600. Two of them were his own children born through Sally, released only after his death. He never formally freed his other children, allowing them to "escape" and live a perilous life as undocumented runaways who were never acknowledged by their father. 🤦🏾♂️ .
That’s all from moi folks have a good one ☝🏾 *Roll Outro