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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Slaves'

Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Slaves'

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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  • Dvorak: Slaves helped build this country. Why are we so reluctant to acknowledge that?
    At Washington and Lee University, the removal of Confederate flags and apology for owning slaves was long overdue. Read more on this news related to 'Slaves'
  • Kidnapped women, children are 'sex slaves' in DR Congo, says MSF
    Women and children are being kidnapped by armed gangs and forced to work as sex slaves in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Wednesday. "Victims have been held as sex slaves -- sometimes for months at a time -- and sexually assaulted violently by several men, several times a day," MSF psychologist Read more on this news related to 'Slaves'
  • Museum to be built in SC where slaves entered US
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A $75 million International African American Museum will be built in South Carolina on Charleston Harbor where tens of thousands of slaves first set foot in the United States. Read more on this news related to 'Slaves'

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