Slavery to the American Revolution

  • Jonathan Hart


The buying, selling, and holding of slaves is an ancient practice that is especially repugnant to a world that, while still having this institution in its midst, has, through the United Nations, affirmed its abolition in law. Slavery is illegal, but persists. This is a cultural and economic practice that robs people of their humanity, breaking up families, controlling bodies, minds, and spirits and profiting from unpaid labor. As lust is to prostitution, so is greed to slavery. Slavery is a dark side of human experience, not simply in empires but in other forms of political organization as well. The matter of slaves is a vast topic, so that any discussion of it is a selection and ordering from a welter of evidence. Amid the statistics and texts, human voices push through, and the pain and death of multitudes of slaves haunt the topic even when they are not recalled or asked to testify.


Eighteenth Century Sixteenth Century Fifteenth Century Slave Trade Slave Labor 
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