Slavery, a World History

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So what exactly is slavery? What does it mean? And how did it come to be? These are complex questions that are often asked and possibly, by understanding the forms it takes and the roles such slaves performed. What daily life is like for those enchained and what can be done to end this demeaning practice may help in answering those questions. It is known that slavery is a system under which people are treated as property to be bought, sold and are forced to work. It is also known that slavery was established in the history and economy of most countries. Even though it prospered during some periods and abstained in others, human bondage for profit has unfortunately, never been completely removed. Author Milton Meltzer, in his book “Slavery, A World History” follows this practice from prehistoric hunting societies; through the development of slave trading in the United States prior to the Civil War, it disturbingly reached a total number of four million slaves. He continues through the forced labor applied under the Nazi establishment and in the Soviet prison camps. And he concludes with the broad practice of slavery in many of the countries today, examples to include, women sold into prostitution in Thailand and the debt bondage that minors endure in Brazil.
Many are often shocked to learn that historians have considered slavery as a step forward in the development of civilization. From the earliest times, it was customary…

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