I got into an interesting lunchtime conversation today with a couple of history majors. The topic was slavery, and I learned an interesting tidbit: Britain outlawed slavery about 40 years before the US. Apparently, there were many African slaves all over Europe.
However, that led to another question: As an American, why didn’t I see or hear about African slaves in Europe? Why aren’t they in films of that era? How many were there?
In my life, I’ve seen maybe 1-2 films of that era that featured a black person acting like a typical butler.
I just checked Wikipedia, and there’s no mention of slavery in Spain, France, etc., just Britain, Romania, Sweden, and Portugal.
(Of course, I know slaves built the Roman and Egyptian empires, but they weren’t black.)
Was it a historical whitewashing? Are American textbooks worse than I thought?
Thanks in advance.