2 min readJul 21, 2020


Sure. Here is some actual evidence.

In 1992, Dr. Abraham J. Peck, of the American Jewish Archives said this

“The first two centuries of the Black — Jewish encounter in America were highlighted by a fairly extensive record of Jewish slave-holding. Indeed, during the colonial period, in the small Jewish community of the time, almost every Jewish household of any form, North or South, possessed at least one slave.”

“Besides their important position in the sugar industry and in tax farming, they dominated the slave trade….The buyers who appeared at the auctions were almost always Jews, and because of this lack of competitors they could buy slaves at low prices.”

Jewish historian, Dr. Harold Brackman of the Wiesenthal Center, stated that during the 1600s, “slave trading in Brazil became a ‘Jewish’ mercantile specialty in much the same way it had been in early medieval Europe.”

He also wrote that, “Jews were about twice as likely to be slave owners as the average white Southerner.”

Jewish scholar Jonathan Schorsch wrote, “Jewish merchants routinely possessed enormous numbers of slaves temporarily before selling them off.”

The Jewish Encyclopedia:

“Jewish commercial activity” in this time included a “monopoly of the slave trade.”

In his 1983 book, Jews and Judaism in the United States, Rabbi Dr. Marc Lee Raphael wrote “In all the American colonies, whether French (Martinique), British, or Dutch, Jewish merchants frequently dominated.”

Rabbi Raphael continued, “ This was no less true on the North American mainland, where during the eighteenth century Jews participated in the “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 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 Newport in the late 1760’s and early 1770’s dominated Jewish slave trading on the American continent”

The Jewish Encyclopedia: “[T]he cotton-plantations in many parts of the South were wholly in the hands of the Jews, and as a consequence slavery found its advocates among them.”

The author, Dr. Seymour B. Liebman, wrote

“They came with ships carrying African blacks to be sold as slaves. The traffic in slaves was a royal monopoly, and the Jews were often appointed as agents for the Crown in their sale….[They] were the largest ship chandlers in the entire Caribbean region, where the shipping business was mainly a Jewish enterprise….The ships were not only owned by Jews, but were manned by Jewish crews and sailed under the command of Jewish captains.”

Rabbi, Dr. Herbert I. Bloom

“The Christian inhabitants [of Brazil] were envious because the Jews owned some of the best plantations in the river valley of Pernambuco and were among the leading slave-holders and slave traders in the colony.”

“Slave trade [sic] was one of the most important Jewish activities here [in Surinam] as elsewhere in the colonies.”During slavery, Jews were slave masters, slave traders, merchants, peddlers, and state[s]men. In general, Jews were everything in the Old South except abolitionists.”- Atlantic Magazine