As we celebrate the legacy of the, Late Reverened Martin Luther King, Jr., while preparing for "Black History Month--'2016'," the dialogue for justice and equality in America continues. Most scholars are well aware of the diaspora, African American history in America, however, I felt it prudent to include a brief mention of the past while we forge ahead into the future--for the obvious reasons.
In lieu of the historical facts, you may consider the following, wikipedia.org, article to be rather tamed and/or mild: That being said--I'am presenting this article for the benefit of those who are less informed, as well as a refresher for those already versed in the matter.
The following article may be found at, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Africa_Squadron:"
The squadron was an outgrowth of the 1819 treaty between the United States and the United Kingdom that was an early step in stopping the trade, and further defined by theWebster-Ashburton Treatyof 1842. Although technically coordinated with a BritishWest Africa Squadronbased inSierra Leone, in practice the American contingent worked on its own. The squadron also lacked support from the Navy itself:Secretary of the NavyAbel Parker Upshur(1790–1844) was a Southerner and an extreme supporter of States rights and slavery, and assigned only a handful of ships mounting a total of 80 guns between them…Cick here to continue reading