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New World Slavery- How Was It Different?
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An honest question here for your consideration:

Consider the huge issue that is made of the practice of slavery in the United States, and its historical aftereffects. This institution ony existed for a relatively brief 80 years under the U.S. government, between the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783 and the Emancipation Proclaimation in 1863.

The question is- how is the experience of slavery in the New World any different than the slavery documented to exist in most parts of the world back to thousands of years before the birth of Christ? Can you cite examples of treatment different or more egregious than the enslavement of the Chinese by the Japanese, Irish by the English, Jews by the Germans, all conquered nations by the Romans and Spanish, or the enslavement and sale of Africans by other Africans that is still practiced today in the year 2007?

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The question is- how is the experience of slavery in the New World any different than the slavery documented to exist in most parts of the world back to thousands of years before the birth of Christ? Can you cite examples of treatment different or more egregious than the enslavement of the Chinese by the Japanese, Irish by the English, Jews by the Germans, all conquered nations by the Romans and Spanish, or the enslavement and sale of Africans by other Africans that is still practiced today in the year 2007?


If you're a male adult slave in a country in which all men are believed created equal, a country founded on the proposition that all men are born with the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness -- are you a man?

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Not to step on your point, Odie, but my intent was to compare/contrast the treatment of slaves in the New World vs worldwide. The legal framework you describe is accurate, as is the contradition, which was the basis of abolishment of slavery. However, it seems highly unlikely that slaves were even aware of their legal status or the existence of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, since few were permitted to be literate. In practical terms of day to day existence, what were major differences you are aware of between New World and Old World slavery?

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