Nikola Misovic is an author of the Black Friday Slavery book. He claims that Black Friday originated from slave selling. In his home country of Serbia, he was nicknamed the writer of the raw truth. He earned his nickname long before his novels started being translated into English due to his precise and harsh explanation of social facts present in the dead loop of human history. Besides the history book Black Friday Slavery, Nikola wrote a parody of the greatest shopping day, and under the pen name of Mr.W. is also the author of “Stories From The Brothel” inspired by occurrences in his hometown and Serbia’s capital, Belgrade. He is our guest for today and he is going to answer some of the trending questions related to his latest release.
Why Do You Claim Black Friday Originated From Discounted Slave Selling?
Many historians consider claims about Black Friday originating from slave selling to be nothing more than cheap marketing tricks. There are no written records that Black Friday originated from slavery. What differs your claims from vanity?
Formal history claims that Columbus is the one who discovered America. According to regular history explanation, on October 12th, 1492, Columbus’s expedition sighted land, probably Watling Island in the Bahamas, and went ashore the same day, claiming it for Spain. But according to formal history, while Columbus is the first, 500 years earlier, a Viking that was known as Leif Erikson, son of Erik the Red, sailed to the North American shores and established the settlement on today’s Newfoundland in Canada. I am telling you this to point out one of many discrepancies and contradictions present in the way formal history speaks of the human past. And of course, I have chosen this example because New World discovery is a breaking point in the history of Black Friday.
How is the Discovery of America Related to Black Friday?
The discovery of the New World is the cradle of the U.S. creation. Without the U.S. there wouldn’t be Black Friday as we know it. People from all parts of the world came to America in pursuit of a better life. And they brought their culture across the ocean. All of those cultures contained slavery and Thanksgiving which was back then, observed as a harvest festival. It was an ancient version of Thanksgiving celebrated in all cultures and in all parts of the world at the time of harvest of a given region. Vikings called it Mabon and they were the first Europeans to give thanks in the New World. Then, a little less than five hundred years later Spaniards continued the tradition. And then pilgrim fathers in Plymouth colony who are, despite previous facts, often referred to as the first Thankgivers of the New World. Formal history is openly contradicting itself.
The First Black Friday – Crash of the U.S. Gold Market
Isn’t the crash of the U.S. gold market that took place on September 24th, 1869 the occasion in which the term Black Friday was used for the first time? There are also records that the Army Vs Navy college football spectacle in Philadelphia induced police officers to nickname the Friday into black due to having a very hard time retaining order.
These are all undeniable facts. I didn’t try to neglect them for a moment. I would even add that Black Friday was also used by retailers to refer to a good business day. They marked profits with black and losses with red color so Black Friday even had a chance to produce a positive connotation. On the day of the game, suburban shoppers would overflow the streets of Philadelphia and besides fights and shopliftings, increase sales in all stores.
The mass media attempted to change the context the law officers produced and rename Black Friday into Big Friday but, as we all know, that just didn’t happen. And I can assure you that these renaming attempts were not the first in the history of humankind. Or in the history of Black Friday. The United States before the Civil War celebrated Thanksgiving as a slave society for a little less than 90 years. George Washington, the first U.S. president died owning 300 slaves. And black-skinned Africans who fought in the revolutionary war to gain their freedom were often tricked and enslaved again. Such society doesn’t seem like a freedom-loving and incapable of attempting to integrate slavery into the national tradition by attaching it to the most prominent holiday. Now, to all this, add the fact that the economy of the Deep South was based on plantations. And that before the Civil War started there were 4 000 000 slaves living in the Deep South confronted with abolitionist movements to destroy slavery. All of this implies that converting the day after Thanksgiving into a slave selling spectacle corresponded to both the social climate and interests of newly born U.S. But even if it wasn’t so, Black Friday by its core is not the property of America but the whole human civilization. As I might have already said, Black Friday has ancient origins.
Ancient Black Friday?
What do you mean by ancient Black Friday?
Black Friday is a commercial extension of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, at its core, is the Harvest festival. And the day after harvest festival is what I consider for the ancient Black Friday. Although it had a different name. But if a man commits murder it doesn’t become innocent if he changes his name. The same applies to Black Friday. Even if it was called differently or didn’t have a name at all, its nature remained the same. Celtic tribes, Vikings, Romans, Germanic tribes including Angles and Saxons, all nurtured slavery and celebrated Harvest through expressing thanks to the deities responsible for the success of crops. They were also the ancestors of the strongest colonial forces that ravished both Africa and the New World. Their festivals were featured by games, rites, feasts, and a lot of crowds. In all times, both old and modern, the crowd produces markets. Back in the old age, submitted human beings were treated as commodities. After the fests and rites trading would take place and sellings would rapidly increase. That applied to the selling of slaves as well.
What Else Should We Know About Black Friday Dark History?
This was just a brief overview presented to explain that the claims about Black Friday’s dark origins are far from vanity. There is much more to all of this. It is why I have written a book. It is of the highest importance to understand the concept of slavery present in societies that built America. Then there is the question of slavery abolishment movements in England. Were they a natural answer to repression or artificially created leverage used to weaken the newly forged United States?
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