What is slavery?

  • (noun): Work done under harsh conditions for little or no pay.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property to be bought and sold, and are forced to work. Slaves can be held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, to refuse to work, or to demand compensation. Historically, slavery was institutionally recognized by many societies; in more recent times slavery has been outlawed in most societies but continues through the practices of debt bondage, indentured servitude, serfdom, domestic servants kept in captivity, certain adoptions in which children are forced to work as slaves, child soldiers, and forced marriage. There are more slaves in the early 21st century than at any previous time but opponents hope slavery can be eradicated within 30 years.

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Some articles on slavery:

Slave And Free States - End of Slave States
... Missouri, Tennessee, the new state of West Virginia, and the District of Columbia prohibited slavery before the Civil War ended ... However, in Delaware, New Jersey, and Kentucky, slavery continued to be legal until the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery throughout the United ...
François-André Isambert - Abolition of Slavery
... In the painting of the 1840 Anti-Slavery convention there is a figure to the left described as "M.M.Isambert" and in the centre is John Scoble the secretary of the British Anti-Slavery group who ...
Turning Point Of The American Civil War - Union Victory in Battle of Antietam (September 1862)
... The British public had strong anti-slavery beliefs and would not have tolerated joining the pro-slavery side of a fight where slavery was now a prominent issue ...
Horace Maynard - Biography - Secession Crisis and Views On Slavery
... Maynard's complex views on slavery reflected shifting sentiments that were common among East Tennessee Unionists ... During the 1830s, Maynard, the son of an abolitionist, found slavery contemptible, calling it "a curse to the country." By 1850, however, Maynard was defending the practice of slavery in letters to his father ...
Slavery In Canada
... Slavery in what now comprises Canada existed into the 1830's, when slavery was officially abolished ... Slavery which was practiced within Canada's current geography, was practiced primarily by Aboriginal groups ... as chattel by Europeans to New France, Acadia and the later British North America (see chattel slavery) during the 17th century, but large-scale plantation slavery of the sort that existed in most European ...

More definitions of "slavery":

  • (noun): The practice of owning slaves.
    Synonyms: slaveholding

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