Bringing me back to owning land and people, what a drag."
The ownership of property and slaves was—during colonial times until the complete legal abolition of slavery in 1865—predominantly an exclusive right to white men.
To own “land and people” meant power; initially, only white men who possessed property were permitted to vote. By 1860, most white men (with or without property) could vote, but black citizens, women, Native Americans, and other “minorities” had to struggle for decades to achieve the same right.
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