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(Tech Crunch)   Foxconn becomes largest Microsoft patent licensee, largest user of slave labor since the Carolina plantations   (techcrunch.com) divider line 13
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2013-04-17 08:15:55 AM
largest user of slave labor since the Carolina plantations

Point of order to correct subby's headline.  The largest plantations were in Mississippi and Louisiana.   The core region of King Cotton was the Yazoo River system (hence why the region has historically some of the highest poverty rates in the nation).  The South Carolina indigo and rice plantations were prosperous, yes, but the percentage of slave ownership was highest in Mississippi (South Carolina was second, but it was somewhere around sixth in average of slaves owned per white household).  And North Carolina was near the bottom of slave ownership statistics - most farms in NC were small plots, owned by marginalized Scots-Irish in the foothills and mountains and a combination of yeoman farmers and displaced Huguenots in the coastal lowlands.  By 1860 there were only 133 slaveowners in North Carolina who owned more than 100 slaves (only Tennessee, Texas, and Florida had fewer), compared to 315 in Mississippi, 346 in Alabama, and 543 in Louisiana (Louisiana's slave distribution curve is heavily weighted towards the top because of the low overall population and the sheer size of the large Mississippi and Red River cotton and sugar plantations - and you want to talk about the worst of the brutal plantations?  Sugar farming throughout the 17th-19th centuries is disgustingly brutal).
 
2013-04-17 08:22:20 AM
As a followup, here's a link to the Library of Congress' scan of an 1861 slave distribution map.

Fair warning:  The jpg is 1.5 MB; it might freeze your browser momentarily.  Large LOC images are known to do that.

/or you can hunt for the LOC portal to the map in .jp2 format, but seriously, to hell with JPEG2000
 
2013-04-17 08:27:55 AM

UNC_Samurai: largest user of slave labor since the Carolina plantations

Point of order to correct subby's headline.  The largest plantations were in Mississippi and Louisiana.   The core region of King Cotton was the Yazoo River system (hence why the region has historically some of the highest poverty rates in the nation).  The South Carolina indigo and rice plantations were prosperous, yes, but the percentage of slave ownership was highest in Mississippi (South Carolina was second, but it was somewhere around sixth in average of slaves owned per white household).  And North Carolina was near the bottom of slave ownership statistics - most farms in NC were small plots, owned by marginalized Scots-Irish in the foothills and mountains and a combination of yeoman farmers and displaced Huguenots in the coastal lowlands.  By 1860 there were only 133 slaveowners in North Carolina who owned more than 100 slaves (only Tennessee, Texas, and Florida had fewer), compared to 315 in Mississippi, 346 in Alabama, and 543 in Louisiana (Louisiana's slave distribution curve is heavily weighted towards the top because of the low overall population and the sheer size of the large Mississippi and Red River cotton and sugar plantations - and you want to talk about the worst of the brutal plantations?  Sugar farming throughout the 17th-19th centuries is disgustingly brutal).


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2013-04-17 08:53:01 AM
No. The current largest user of slave labor is the agriculture industry's use of illegal immigrants.

Remember people are so afraid of having to pay 5 dollars for lettuce.
 
2013-04-17 09:21:42 AM

tenpoundsofcheese: No. The current largest user of slave labor is the agriculture industry's use of illegal immigrants.

Remember people are so afraid of having to pay 5 dollars for lettuce.


They don't have to take the ag job. They could always work for the lawn maintenance company down the road.
 
2013-04-17 10:39:30 AM
What is with the sixty year old cars in the foreground of the photo in the article?

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Doesn't really scream "high tech", IMHO.
 
2013-04-17 12:49:14 PM

Geotpf: What is with the sixty year old cars in the foreground of the photo in the article?


Well... FTA:  One of its patent claims is against a way that long and short file names are implemented, and is linked to the FAT16 file system used by older Microsoft OSes like MS-DOS and Windows.

If their running FAT16 then they're not exactly "cutting edge".
 
2013-04-17 12:57:03 PM
Another reason Microsoft is not going down the tubes, as some people like to think. They're going to be getting billions of dollars from cellphone makers. (They already are getting money from some of them.) Once the lawyers are paid, that's 100% profit.
 
2013-04-17 01:37:32 PM

UNC_Samurai: largest user of slave labor since the Carolina plantations

Point of order to correct subby's headline.  The largest plantations were in Mississippi and Louisiana.



Glad someone else already corrected this.
 
2013-04-17 01:43:17 PM
Plus there more facts...

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2013-04-17 04:03:05 PM
Then where is my $99 iPad Mini?
 
2013-04-18 06:54:44 AM

Muta: If their running FAT16 then they're not exactly "cutting edge".


Looking at Wikipedia, I think the FAT16 patents have expired and the FAT32 patents are on their last legs (a year or two left).
 
2013-04-18 07:04:49 AM

Dr.Mxyzptlk.: Plus there more facts...

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Yeah, not that I would want to diminish the horrible experiences of southeastern American slaves, but holy hell the Caribbean sugar plantations were pretty much the war crimes of their day.
 
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