Today In Fact, 2 December

John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave,

John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave,

But his soul goes marching on.

Today in 1859, the white militant anti-slavery activist, John Brown was hanged for his violent attacks against slavers and slavery. John Brown believed slavery a sin and that only violent means would abolish the practice. The United Nations, in recognition of his beliefs but perhaps not his methods, has since 1986 marked today as the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

A curious irony perhaps is that business interests used the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution which abolished slavery, to give rights to business corporations such as Enron. Enron filed for bankruptcy on this day in 2001. Before its bankruptcy on December 2, 2001, Enron employed approximately 20,000 staff and was one of the world’s major electricity, natural gas, communications, and pulp and paper corporations, with claimed revenues of nearly $101 billion during 2000. Its reported financial condition was sustained substantially by an institutionalized, systematic, and creatively planned accounting fraud.
Posted by Douglas Racionzer

Posted by Douglas Racionzer (serendipiday.blogspot.com)