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Slavery (also called thralldom) is an economic system. In it, some people must work for little or no pay. These people are called slaves.

There is evidence that even before there was writing, there was slavery. There have been different types of slavery, and they have been in almost all cultures and continents.

The English word "slave" comes from the medieval word for Slavic people of Central and Eastern Europe, because these were the last ethnic group to be captured and enslaved in Central Europe. According to Adam Smith and Auguste Comte, a slave was mainly defined as a captive or prisoner of war.

Slaves may not have all rights.

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* We can easily become as much slaves to precaution as we can to fear. Although we can never rivet our fortune so tight as to make it impregnible, we may by our excessive prudence squeeze out of the life that we are guarding so anxiously all the adventurous quality that makes it worth living. - Randolph Bourne

* Americans who had traveled in Europe knew the 'free' European peasants suffered considerably greater oppression and misery than did American bondsman. Modern scholarship has shown that the exploitation rate -- the percentage of the worker's production that was taken from him by his owners -- was lower among the slaves than among European peasants, that work loads were light, and that slaves actually experienced a considerable measure of personal freedom. - Forest McDonald

* Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge. - Fritz Perls


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  • Researchers to seek wharf where slaves landed
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Archeologists in South Carolina will look for remaining evidence of a wharf where tens of thousands of slaves first set foot in the United States. Read more on this news related to 'Slaves'
  • Police: Couple Wanted 2 Amish Girls for Slaves
    Police: Couple planned to turn 2 Amish girls into slaves, but released them out of fear Read more on this news related to 'Slaves'
  • Ancient metal workers were not slaves but highly regarded craftsmen
    In 1934, American archaeologist Nelson Glueck named one of the largest known copper production sites of the Levant "Slaves' Hill." This hilltop station, located deep in Israel's Arava Valley, seemed to bear all the marks of an Iron Age slave camp – fiery furnaces, harsh desert conditions, and a massive barrier preventing escape. New evidence un Read more on this news related to 'Slaves'

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