The Economic And Racial Aspects Of Slavery

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The Economic and Racial Aspects of Slavery

Leo Kirkpatrick Baird
US History I
Mrs. Clark
November 9, 2015 Slavery has stood the test of time; slaves were used in Mesopotamia even before they were conquered by the First Persian Empire in 539 BCE. In the Roman Empire slaves were about 10% of the total population of the Empire. The need for labor in the New World caused about 10.7 million Africans to be shipped over to become slaves. The mass usage of slaves from the 2nd millennia BCE to today where millions of slaves are still being used in countries all over the globe is an economic business. Until slavery started in the New World it was not associated with racism. In the Roman Empire slaves were multinational, as is the case with all other instances of slavery including in Greece and in Africa itself, except for in the New World. Therefore contrary to popular belief, throughout history slavery was an economic affair not a racist one. In the Roman Empire slaves were seen as a sign of wealth and were used for labor. The more slaves a household had usually showed more wealth. This labor was used to maximize profits that the owners would make from their business. If the Romans did not employ slavery they might not have been such a booming empire that they were. How the Romans treated their slaves was a lot more kind hearted than is seen in the New World; slaves became part of the family and if a slave was liked by the family the slave could be set free and
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