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Slavery is a social-economic system under which certain persons — known as slaves — are deprived of personal freedom and compelled to work.

The politically correct media typically focuses overwhelmingly on the transatlantic slave trade from Africa to the Americas and the following slavery in the Americas. Also slavery in ancient Rome is often depicted. However, slavery has existed in numerous other cultures and was very common globally until White countries prohibited slavery and enforced this globally.

The traditional form of slavery where people can be bought and sold is referred to as chattel slavery. Serfdom, bonded labor, forced labor, and forced marriage are often argued to be other forms of slavery, although these forms have typically given the affected groups some rights and protections that is not present in chattel slavery. In particular such forms of slavery still exist today and in particular in non-White countries.

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Ignorance of the history of slavery

Surveys given by a professor to United States college students at the beginning of the school year found that students overwhelmingly believed that slavery was invented in the United States and was almost exclusively a United States phenomenon. This likely due to their politically correct education about slavery being confined only to slavery in the United States.[1]

Slavery by non-White populations

  • China: Slavery existed as early as the Shang dynasty (18th–12th century BC) in China. In Han China (206 BC–25 AD) approximately 5% of the population were slaves. Slavery continued to exist into the 20th century.[2]
  • Korea: 33-50% of the population were slaves during the Middle Ages and as late as the mid-18th century.[2]
  • India: Slavery existed early and is described in the Laws of Manu of the 1st century BC. A more detailed study was first made in the 19th century when the British wanted to abolish slavery. There were approximately 8-9 million slaves. Malabar in the south of India had the largest proportion of slaves (15%).[2]
  • Other non-Muslim areas in Asia: Slavery existed early and until relatively recently in Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Nepal and among Central Asiatic peoples such as the Mongols. 25-33% of the population in certain areas in Thailand and Burma were slaves during periods between the 17th and the early 20th centuries.[2]
  • Americas: Slavery existed in many different Amerindian populations. In some cases slaves were sacrificed in massive numbers and some the sacrifices may have been eaten by social elites.[2]
  • The Middle East and Muslim societies: Slavery is described in the earliest historical writings. In the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi of about 750 BC it was a prominent institution. In ancient Egypt slaves could be killed in order to serve their masters in the next life. Slaves are mentioned prominently in the Bible among the Hebrews in Palestine and their neighbors. All Muslim societies had slaves. Slavery persisted in the Arabian Peninsula into the 1960s.[2][3] In Mauritania ownership of a person was outlawed in 2007. See the section "Slavery in the Modern World" below. The large scale slave trade and race mixing has caused many of the populations to have some degree of Sub-Saharan African ancestry. The polygamy practiced in Islamic societies may have contributed to importation of female slaves.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Slavery has existed in Sub-Saharan Africa throughout recorded history. Slavery was common also before Islam. Examples of African societies with a high proportion slaves include Zanzibar (65-90% slaves), Madagascar (50% slaves), peoples in Sahara and Sahel (15-75% slaves), and a large number of states in Sub-Saharan West Africa (33-66% slaves). A very large slave trade occurred from Sub-Saharan Africa to the Islamic world during the 650-1905 period. According to some estimates it may have been twice as large as the transatlantic slave trade. Furthermore, African slave societies were primarily interested in women and children as slaves while the men were killed unless they could be exported as slaves. It has therefore been argued that the transatlantic slave trade (which primarily was interested in male slaves as laborers in the colonies) in practice saved the life of many male slaves.[2][4]
  • The Arab slave trade included castration of many of the male Black slaves and some of the White male slaves. Castration had a high mortality, especially if the penis is removed, as was typically the case for Black slaves.[5] Other stated criticisms have included racist views against Blacks, mixed-race children with Black slave mothers often being killed at birth, reports of extremely brutal torture methods, and four out of five Black slaves dying during forced marches through the Sahara desert.[6]

Slavery by Jews

For example the Black professor Tony Martn has stated a large role of Jews in slavery and stated in 2002 that "In fact Jews had been involved not only in the African slave trade, but also, and for a very long period of time, in a variety of other slave trades as well. Apparently, they had actually dominated slavery and the slave trade in medieval times. […] a functionary of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. In his dissertation, which details Black-Jewish relations from ancient times up to 1900, he actually acknowledges the fact that Jews were the principal slave traders in the world for several hundred years […] Jews were the major slave traders in the world, trading slaves everywhere from Russia to western Europe, to India, to China -- but he says that they dominated the world trade only for a few hundred years -- only. [laughter] […] I discovered also that the Jews were very instrumental in the ideological underpinning for the African slave trade -- the notorious Hamitic myth -- which more than anything else has provided a sort of ideological underpinning or rationale for the slave trade. This comes out of the Talmud. […] The Biblical story was racially neutral, but the Talmud apparently put a very awful racist spin on this story. […] One of the things that interested me, too, was that the Jewish element was apparently also a major element in what came to be known in the 19th century as the white slave trade. The white slave trade was a major multinational, international trading in women for immoral sexual purposes, as prostitutes, and so on. And I found, too, that Jewish entrepreneurs in Europe apparently were also major figures in that so-called slave trade. […] Jews were some of the important financiers […] many of the traders in colonial times who brought slaves across the Atlantic to this country were in fact Jewish ship-owners and slave traders. […] Jews owned many of the ancillary corporations that sort of fed into the slave trade. […] they were inordinately represented among the slave owners. […] I also discovered that Jews, despite their involvement in the slave trade, were very few and far between in the abolitionist movement. They were much, much less likely than other groups to be involved in this movement. "[7]

He also described argued attempts to suppress knowledge of the role of Jews in the slave trade and stated, for example, that "Then there was the American Historical Association. Three Jewish historians actually went to the American Historical Association and got it to decree – that’s the only term I can use – to decree, by executive fiat, that the Jews were not involved in the slave trade. [Laughter] I’ve never ever heard of any such thing. This is totally antithetical to the way that academia operates. Who’s ever heard of such a thing: historical fact being determined by presidential decree from the American Historical Association. “We decree…” [mocking]. It’s like a Papal Bull in the Middle Ages… “We decree: The Jews were not involved in the slave trade.” [Laughter] It is absolutely amazing, but they actually succeeded in having this done."[7]

One explanation for differing opinions on the scale of Jewish involvement in the slave trade has been argued to be differing degree of involvement during different time periods and in different geographic areas.[8][9]

See also Jewish influence: Antiquity and the "External links" section below.

White slaves

Whites slaves are usually not depicted or mentioned in the mass media except in connection with slavery in the distant past in ancient Rome. This gives the impression that Whites have selectively enslaved Blacks due to racism and that Whites have not suffered due to slavery.

Slavery existed during Antiquity in societies such as ancient Greece and ancient Rome. Slavery existed in Scandinavia both before and after Viking era and a major object of the Viking raids was to capture slaves. In England in 1080 approximately 10% of the population were registered as slaves in the Domesday Book. In most part of Europe slavery existed well into the late Middle Ages and even later and only gradually died out. Slavic slaves were plentiful, for example, in the Italian city-states as late as the 14th century. In Russia slavery was an important institution until the 1720s and serfdom was abolished in 1861. It has been argued that the Soviet Union reinstituted a form of state slavery in the Gulag camps.[2][4][3]

In the American colonies and Europe and before and during the Industrial Revolution, there were what was in effect large numbers of White slaves who entered this as punishment for crimes (including political crimes), due to debt, due to kidnapping, or due to deliberate breeding by slave owners. One example is tens or hundreds of thousands of Irish being sold as slaves in connection with the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland.[10][11][12][13][14][15] The Jewish Encyclopedia openly states that there were influential crypto-Jewish merchants ("Marranos") who supported Cromwell and the Parliament with financing and spying and who Cromwell allowed to settle in England.[16] However, it says nothing regarding a possible Jewish role in the Irish slave trade during Cromwell's regime.

A large part of the free population of the Muslim Crimean Khanate in southern Russia was engaged either in the gathering of slaves or in the selling of them. The slaves were captured by raiding the neighboring Slavic and Caucasian societies and the captives were sold in the slave markets of Eurasia. For every slave the Crimeans sold in the market, they killed outright several other people during their raids, and a couple more died on the way to the slave market. The slave trade continued until Russia conquered the Khanate in 1783.[4] One result was the widespread depopulation of much of Ukraine and southern Russia before the slave raids were stopped.[17]

1.5 million Eastern Europeans have been estimated to have been enslaved between 1500 and 1650.[17]

In addition, one million or more Western Europeans have been estimated to have been enslaved by Muslims in North Africa between 1530 and 1780. Pirates (called corsairs) from cities along the Barbary Coast in North Africa – cities such as Tunis and Algiers – would raid ships in the Mediterranean and Atlantic as far as Iceland, as well as seaside villages to capture men, women and children. The fishermen and coastal dwellers of 17th-century Britain lived in terror of being kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in North Africa. The destruction and depopulation of these attacks were devastating – long stretches of the Spanish and Italian coasts were almost completely abandoned by their inhabitants. In general, these White slaves were not treated better than the Black slaves in the Americas. Research even estimates that only about half the slaves survived the first five years of enslavement. Despite this death rate, one quarter of the population of Algiers were slaves during this period. The entire existence of the city was based on piracy and slave running. In Tunis and Tripoli, 10 to 20% of inhabitants were slaves.[18][19][20][17][21][22]

After the expulsion of Jews from Spain, some Jews became pirates in the Mediterranean under the protection of Muslim rivals to Spain and other became pirates in the Caribbean under the protection of European rivals to Spain. The motivation in part included a desire for revenge on Spain.[23]

A characteristic of White slave trade by non-Whites has been the strong value placed on White women.[17]

No one has yet apologized for the millions of European slaves taken by non-Europeans.

The transatlantic slave trade and Black slaves in the Americas

The politically correct media often describes the transatlantic slave trade and the following slavery in the Americas as simply being Whites enslaving and exploiting Blacks. In reality Blacks were usually the persons capturing the slaves in Africa and Blacks could be slave traders and slave owners also outside Africa. Jews played a prominent role in the slave trade. See also the section above regarding White slaves.

90% of the Blacks transported to the New World were enslaved by Africans. The capture and sale of Africans was one of the main sources of foreign exchange for several African kingdoms for a very long time. The Black elite in Africa was not unaware of the situation on the slave ships and in the New World for the Black slaves they sold. Many elite Africans visited Europe in that era, and they did so on slave ships following the prevailing winds through the New World. African monarchs also sent their children along these same slave routes to be educated in Europe.[24]

Originally the British colonies in North America only recognized indentured servants but not slaves. The first slave owner was a Black, Anthony Johnson from Angola. In 1651, he held 250 acres and five Black indentured servants. In 1654, it was time for Anthony to release John Casor, a Black indentured servant, but he fought in court to change Casor from indentured servant to slave. He convinced the court to allow Blacks to use their own race as slaves. Whites still could not own Blacks as slaves until several decades later. In 1699, due to an effort to repatriate free Blacks back to Africa, many Blacks sold themselves as slaves to avoid being sent back. In 1830 there were 3,775 Black families living in the South who owned Black slaves. In 1860, in New Orleans alone, there were about 3,000 slaves owned by Black households.[25]

In the 1700s, free blacks could own white indentured servants as slaves. They also owned slaves in northern states. Free blacks owned slaves in Boston by 1724 and in Connecticut by 1783. In 1790, 48 black people in Maryland owned 143 slaves. One famous black Maryland farmer named Nat Butler regularly purchased and sold Blacks for the Southern trade. 1830 is a year carefully studied for slave owning censuses. About 13.7 percent (319,599) of the black population was free. Of these, 3,776 free Blacks owned 12,907 slaves, out of a total of 2,009,043 slaves owned in the whole USA. In some cases Blacks purchased Black slaves for reasons such as protecting family members but in other cases they were purchased in order to gain a profit from their labor. Black slave-holders fought to keep their slaves in the American Civil War.[26]

In 1860, only 1.4% of Whites owned slaves in the USA. In the South, only 4.8% of Whites owned slaves. In 1860, there were 261,988 were free Blacks living in the South.[27]

Regarding the conditions for the slaves, anecdotes or even fiction may be cited as evidence for poor treatment and used as propaganda material in school teaching. Actual systematic research have stated that White farmers were probably less food secure than Black slaves and that slaves worked less than free Whites. There is no systematic research on the use of corporal punishment apart from the quantitative research on the records from one particular plantation.[28]

The book Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Slavery states that "The belief that slave breeding, sexual exploitation, and promiscuity destroyed the black family is a myth. The family was the basic unit of social organization under slavery. It was to the economic interests of planters to encourage the stability of slave families and most of them did so. Most slave sales were either of whole families or of individuals who were at an age when it would have been normal for them to have left the family. [...]The material (not psychological) conditions of the lives of slaves compared favorably with those of free industrial workers. This is not to say they were good by modern standards. It merely emphasizes the hard lot of all workers, free or slave, during the first half of the nineteenth century. [...] Slaves were exploited in the sense that part of the income which they produced was expropriated by their owners. However, the rate of expropriation was much lower than has generally been presumed. Over the course of his lifetime, the typical slave field hand received about 90 percent of the income he produced."[29]

The book also states that the life expectancy of US slaves was longer than that of several White populations and much longer than that of the inhabitants of cities such as New York, Boston, and Philadelphia in 1830. Regarding housing, "the “typical” slave cabin of the late antebellum era probably contained more sleeping space per person than was available to most of New York City’s workers half a century later." In 1850, there was little difference in infant morality among Southern slaves and Southern Whites. Slaves were far less likely to commit suicide than Northern workers.[30]

Slavery in Brazil

Slavery in Brazil already existed before the arrival of Europeans. Amerindians used to enslave members of enemy tribes, some Whites also were made slaves by those Amerindians, as the case of a German called Hans Staden. He was slave in a place called Bertioga for eight months, he managed to escape and wrote a book about his experiences and the behaviour of the Amerindians.

Some time later (second half of XVI century), the Jesuits found that Amerindians were very prone to convert to Christianity, so they opposed their slavery and preferred the use of Black slaves. Another fact that started the slavery of Blacks was that they were easy to buy and there were many Black traders in Africa. To capture Amerindians instead, the Bandeirantes needed long dangerous expeditions inside the dense forest. The Amerindians had also weak immunologic defense, many of they died from diseases after contact with Europeans or Blacks.

The biggest trader of African slaves to the American continent was a mulatto from Brazil called Francisco Félix de Sousa, son of a Portuguese father and an African mother[31]. In Minas Gerais, the most populated state in Brazil at the time (where was located mostly of gold mining) and the one with the biggest population of slaves, around 30% of slaves owners were Blacks or mulattoes[32].

Abolition of slavery

In some cases slavery has diminished in a society simply due to it becoming more difficult to acquire slaves. However, it was Whites who for humanitarian reasons started to argue against slavery and finally fought to end slavery throughout the whole world.[3]

The abolition of slavery in Europe in the Middle Ages was a gradual process (often involving slavery first being converted to serfdom) and happened later in Eastern Europe. In Russia serfdom was abolished in 1861. Slavery also persisted longer in European colonies and the United States (prohibition of importation of new slaves often being an intermediary step towards abolition) and the longest in the areas not conquered by Europeans.[3]

In the British Caribbean slavery was abolished in 1834 and England influenced the abolition in many other Latin American countries. Brazil was the last country in the Western Hemisphere to abolish slavery in 1888.[3]

The European colonization movement of the second half of the 19th century put an end to slavery in many parts of Africa, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. In 1861 the British made holding a slave in India a crime. Russia also abolished slavery as it expanded its territory.[3]

China effectively abolished slavery in 1906 and Korea in 1930. Some parts of Africa and much of the Islamic world retained slavery at the end of World War I. The League of Nations and later the United Nations took the final extinction of slavery to be one of their obligations. The league had considerable success in Africa, with the assistance of the European colonial powers, and by the late 1930s slavery was abolished in Liberia and Ethiopia which were not European colonies.[3]

Slavery was abolished in most Islamic countries after the Second World War (Europeans had stopped the importation of slaves from Sub-Saharan Africa long before this), although it persisted in Saudi Arabia into the 1960s. It finally was made illegal in the Arabian Peninsula in 1962. As noted below it persisted as legal institution beyond this in Mauritania.[3]

Long-lasting economic effects of slave trade on Africa

The African slave trade (not just the transatlantic) has sometimes been argued to have caused long-lasting negative effects for Africa that also today (150+ years later) would explain why Africa is underdeveloped. This has been criticized for reasons such as other regions with earlier large scale slave trade not today being underdeveloped or being much more developed than Africa. One argued mechanism through which the slave trade could cause long-lasting negative effects is through creating high ethnic fractionalization which has a well-established negative association with economic growth (see ethnic heterogeneity). This has been criticized since ethnic variation, language variation, and species variation generally are larger close to the equator which is argued to support that the cause of the high African ethnic fractionalization is ecological factor(s). Also, instead of the slave trade causing high African ethnic fractionalization, it could instead be an already existing high African ethnic fractionalization which contributed to the development of the slave trade in Africa.[33]

Long-lasting negative effects for areas using slaves

More generally, the historical use of slaves from other areas is sometimes used as an explanation for why certain parts of the world are more developed than other areas.

This is dubious since the association between use of slaves and economic development is likely negative and not positive. Use of slaves within Africa has been extensive with extremely high percentages of the population being slaves in some areas (see the section "Slavery by non-White populations" above). Yet Africa is the most underdeveloped part of the world.

Use of slaves has often been argued to cause slower technological development and absence of industrialization (which replaces human labor with machines). This may be an important explanation for why ancient Greece and ancient Rome despite often very impressive scientific and mathematical achievements had relatively slow technological development and never industrialized. Another example is the low degree of industrialization in the American South at the time of the American Civil War.

Another negative effect of slavery is competing with and replacing free workers. In ancient Rome a greatly increased use of slaves in agriculture caused the class of free small farmers to largely disappear. This class had been important parts of the Roman military and the Roman political system. Its disappearance has been argued to be an important cause of the fall of the Roman republic and the creation of a professional army with an over time increasingly larger share of foreigners.

Slavery (in particular importation of female slaves from low IQ areas) has also been argued to an important cause of dysgenics and the fall of civilizations.

Slavery in the Modern World

A 2013 estimate was that there was 30 million slaves globally. Slavery was generally more common in non-Western countries.[34]

Slavery is a multi-billion dollar industry with estimates of up to $35 billion generated annually. The UN estimates that roughly 27 to 30 million individuals are currently caught in the slave trade industry.[35]

An 2004 estimate was that there were 6.8 million people in the Chinese labor camp system ("Lagoi").[36]

Mauritania was the last nation to officially abolish slavery in 1981 but it only became illegal to own a person in 2007. In 2012 only one person had been convicted of this. An estimated 10% to 20% of the population were enslaved. The typical pattern is North Africans owning Sub-Saharan Africans.[37][38]

In 2003 a leading Saudi government cleric and author of the country's religious curriculum stated that slavery was part of Islam. Other Islamists have more recently advocated or implemented slavery. Also critics of Islam have argued that slavery has a strong support in Islamic writings.[39][40][41][42][43]

Sex Slavery

“In the past decade, approximately 25,000 women, nearly all from the Former Soviet Union, were smuggled into Israel over the Egyptian border to be brutalized as sex slaves. Once in Israel, victims are repeatedly sold and resold to pimps and brothel owners. They are forced to work in slave-like conditions, ruthlessly abused and exploited, suffering severe beatings, rape and often starvation.” Israel has finally started cracking down for fear of losing American aid.[44]

See the article on White demographics and the sections "Eastern Europe" and "Russia" on very large numbers of women from Eastern Europe and Russia being sex slaves in non-white countries.

See Race and crime: Culture - regarding organized and racially/ethnically based large scale rapes and sex trafficking in Rotherham and other places in England and elsewhere.

See also the article on Operation Cross Country (FBI operation against child prostitution, allegedly often involving Blacks gangs kidnapping White girls).

See also

External links

White slaves

Jews and slavery

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