• Our country still uses child labor to do homework. Disgusting!
  • In Britain it came about as the result of peaceful campaigning. The English government passed a law abolishing slavery and ordered the Royal Navy to uphold its decision in all parts of the world.
  • I hate to break it to you but slavery is alive and well today.
  • The Ottoman empire was the first to abolish slavery in 1886. You could say the Muslims were the first people to become civilised and America invaded out of jealousy.
    • Hardcore Conservative
      The First & Second Barbary Wars were fought specifically to curb the slave trade in North Africa and the Ottoman provinces.
    • Victorine
      Other countries abolished slavery well before 1886. I might also point out that Arab Muslim slave traders were taking slaves from Africa for centuries before white Europeans became involved in the trade. I refer you to Bernard Lewis's book, "Race and Slavery in the Middle East" and to Hugh Thomas's book on the Atlantic slave trade, which includes a chapter discussing earlier slave trading in Africa.
  • Slavery is still a part of life in many countries. The group Free the Slaves estimates that there are more slaves now than at any other point in history, most of those are in the Africa and Asia.
  • Slavery, though illegal over most of the world, is alive and well all over the world today in one form or another. The practice has never really ceased to exist the earliest record of attempt to regulate it was in the Roman Republic in 326 BCE when debt servitude was abolished by Lex Poetelia Papiria. The slave trade was outlawed in Ireland between 500 and 800 CE. Pope John VIII said Christians couldn't hold the Christians as slaves in 873. In 1080 William of Normandy decreed that Christians could not be sold to heathens (non christians). In Magna Carta (1215) clause 30 Habeas Corpus served as the basis against slavery in English Common Law but it obviously was ignored. Re. Slavery at common law 1569. Other than Venice in 960 the only country that appears to have attempted to actually take a serious stand against slavery was the Xin Dynasty of China of 9 CE. It was overthrown in 12 CE. Spain opposed the slavery of Native Americans but didn't discourage the use of blacks as a replacement. Attempting to single out the United States for the practice of slavery and crediting its civil war for abolition of it is completely erroneous.
  • who do you think makes your clothes. slavery is alive and well. why does the Iphone factory have suicide nets to stop the workers jumping out the windows?
  • Please realize that in most other nations, there was no economy based HEAVILY on slavery *in the nation itself*. (In COLONIES: yes, In the NATION: no.) The U.S. was also unusual in that it was a federation of semi-independent states rather than a monarchy. Thus: in the states of the U.S. where the income of the wealthy and powerful ***was primarily the product of slave labor***, outlawing slavery was perceived as being tantamount to outlawing their livelihoods. . . . . Naturally, those semi-independent states elected to separate from the other states and, thus, preserver their primary source of income. . . . . In other nations, we have no heavy reliance on slavery in the nation itself, and in their colonies the abolition of slavery enforced by strength of law and military might of the parent nation. In other words: they had no choice and no chance of being LIKELY to resist the new laws. For example: when the British government outlawed slave trade throughout the British Empire in 1807, and slavery itself in 1833, the British colonies - all of them - would have had no expectation of being able to successfully rebel against the Empire. The Empire had a long and very successful history of rather mercilessly suppressing rebellion, both in and out of Britain.
  • The main reason we had a civil war is that slavery existed within our actual national boundaries, whereas other countries were primarily using slave labor overseas, in their colonies. (That's how slavery got to the US in the first place.) It therefore proved easier to abolish without a full-scale war.

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