Did the Jews run the slave trade?

New World Jewry, 1483-1825
By Seymour Liebman, Jewish Historian, published by The Jewish Historical Society

“The traffic of slaves was a royal monopoly, and the Jews were often appointed as agents of the crown for their sale.”
“[The Jews] were the largest ship chandlers in the entire Caribbean region, where the shipping process was mainly a Jewish enterprise.”
“The ships were not only owned by Jews, but manned by Jewish crews and sailed under the command of Jewish captains.”

Jews and Judaism in the United States: A Documentary History
Jewish Historian, Marc Lee Raphael

“Jewish merchants played a major role in the slave trade. In fact, in all American colonies, whether French (Martinique), British, or Dutch, Jewish merchants frequently dominated”
“This was no less true on the North American mainland; where during the eighteenth century Jews participated in “triangular trade” that brought slaves from Africa to the West Indies and there exchanged them for molasses, which in turn was taken to New England and then converted into Rum for sale in Africa”
“Isaac Da Costa of Charleston in the 1750’s, David Franks of Philadelphia in the 1760’s, and Aaron Lopez of New Port in the late 1760’s and early 1770’s dominated Jewish slave trade on the American continent”

Judeus No Brasil Colonial, (Jews in Colonial Brazil)
Arnold Wiznitzer, Jewish Historian, pg. 72-73

“The Buyers who appeared at the auctions were almost always Jews, and because of their lack of competitors they could buy slaves for low prices. If it happened that the date of such a auction fell on a Jewish holiday, the auction had to be postponed”

The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia
Isaak Landman (editor) Jewish Historian, published by Varda Books

“The trade in slaves constituted the main source of livelihood for the Roman Jews.”

A History of Jews from Babylonian Exile to the End of WWII
Solomon Grayzel, Jewish Historian
“Jews were among the most important slave dealers [in European society]”

Encyclopedia Britannica
Jacob Marcus, Jewish Historian
“In the dark ages, the commerce of Western Europe was largely in his [the Jew’s] hand, in particular the Slave Trade.”

United States Jewry 1776-1985
Jewish Historian, Jacob Marcus
“All through the eighteenth century, into the early nineteenth century, Jews in the north were to own black servants. In 1820, over 75 percent of Jewish families in Charleston, Richmond, and Savannah, owned slaves, almost 40 percent of all Jewish households in the United States owned one slave or more.”
sgantlant, your not really refuting any of this, your just saying "your wrong". Im not saying only jews ran the slave trade, but from my research it is obvious they dominated it.

6 Responses to “Did the Jews run the slave trade?”

  1. affinity292 Says:

    Actually, Jews were an incredibly tiny minority. But some hate sites have been spreading lies about it. Here is what actual historians have to say about it:

    During the past few years there have been a number of egregious assaults on the historical record in institutions of higher learning and at educational conferences. These assaults implicate Jews as a dominant group in the Atlantic slave trade and the enslavement of Africans in the New World. The claims so misrepresent the historical record, however, that we believe them only to be part of a long anti-Semitic tradition that presents Jews as negative central actors in human history. In such scenarios, Jews are the secret force behind every major social development from capitalism to democracy, every major cataclysm from the Medieval Pandemic of the plague through the French and Russian Revolutions to the collapse of Communism, and now, incredibly, appear for the first time, as the secret force behind slavery. Unfortunately, the media have given the latest charges wide currency, while failing to dismiss them as spurious. As professional historians, who have closely examined and assessed the empirical evidence, we cannot remain silent while the historical record is so grossly violated.

    Atlantic slavery was an intercontinental enterprise extending over nearly four centuries. Ethnically, the participants included Arabs, Berbers, scores of African ethnic groups, Italians, Portu guese, Spaniards, Dutch, Jews, Germans, Swedes, French, English, Danes, white Americans, Native Americans, and even thousands of New World people of African descent who became slaveholding farmers or planters themselves. Since Portugal and Spain barred Jews from their empires, and since, by the 16th century most of the Jews who weren’t either killed or con verted in Western Europe had fled east ward, it was impossible for Jews to play more than a marginal role in a vast system that attracted tens of thousands of pagans, Muslims, Catholics, and Protestants. Even in Holland and the Dutch colonies, where Jews were allowed to make their main "contribution" to New World slavery as merchants and planters, they always formed a minority. Similarly, Jews played only a nominal role in the slave system in the American South. Never more than a tiny fraction of the white population, they never formed more than a minuscule proportion of slaveholders.

    also: Jews are not known to have played any significant role in the Arab slave trade but the allegation that Jews played a substantial role in the Atlantic slave trade is one of the standard anti-Semitic canards of the twentieth century, particularly int he Untied States, and particularly among Black Muslims.

    By the 1990′s this canard was so widely believed that the American Historical Association felt compelled to go on record to deplore and to condemn “as false any statement alleging that Jews played a disproportionate role in the exploitation of slave labor or in the Atlantic slave trade.”

  2. sgatlantisrose Says:

    No. Your quotes are largely out of context, trying to imply that Jews dominated the slave trade. this simply wasn’t true. there were jewish slave traders, as there were catholic and Protestant slave traders. Your first quote quite clearly indicates that the slave trade was a "Royal Monopoly". Because of the somewhat unsavory nature of slave trading, the Crown and others often operated by using factors, intermediaries, and subordinates to carry out the trade while reaping the rewards. Given that Jews were legally limited in what professions they could practice in Europe through most of the middle ages, it’s not surprising that many of them would move into the slave trade. But again,they were not the only ones by any means, despite your attempts to imply otherwise. So no, they did not run the slave trade.

  3. Chaya Says:

    Arabs have always been the worst slave traders. That’s how Joseph, the first Jewish Prime Minister of Egypt, got there.

  4. Completely Hugo Says:

    There are unscrupulous people in every race and ethnic group. There have been, and still are, some bad people who happen to be jewish. Slave trade has been going on everywhere since the beginning of history. Sure, where there were a lot of Jews there were some who participated in slave trade, but where there where no Jews the slave trade still existed.
    Even today there is human trafficking. There are slavic girls who are being captured and transported through many regions in the middle east. Some of the villains are Jews, but there are also Greeks, Arabs, and Slavic bad guys involved in this. It is a despicable tragedy which most of the world turns a blind eye towards.

  5. Zef Says:

    The same 4 comments were made by the same 4 people at yahoo answers (Did the Jews run the slave trade?), word for word. Obviously,these are disinformation agents.


    This is ALL from jewish sources. The slave trade was DOMINATED by so-called “jews” (most of whom are NOT Semitic)