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An instance or institution whereby individuals are forced to labor without compensation and usually such persons are considered property of other persons.

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Did an Egyptian dean of Islamic Studies say "we have the right to enslave Israeli women whom we captured in the war and enjoy them sexually"?

According to The Intellectual Extremism of Al-Azhar by Maher Jabra: The statements of the former Dean of the Faculty of Islamic Studies for Women at Al-Azhar University, Dr. Souad Saleh, supported ...
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Were 80 million black slaves killed in the USA by the end of the civil war?

I was listening to a speech by Malcolm X, where he said (at 1:57) that over 80 million black people were killed in America (100 million brought over as slaves, but less than 20 million remained at the ...
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Were owners of slaves in 1860, largely Democrats?

According to Dinesh D'Souza "claim that no Republicans owned slaves in 1860 is incorrect. A handful did. " "Here’s the big picture: Out of the 4 million slaves in the US in 1860, more ...
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Do slaves cost only $90 today?

Given how slaves cost tens of thousands of dollars in today's money at the time of the American Civil War, I was surprised to read in a number of places (Wikipedia, Reuters, CNN) that the average ...
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Does the Constitution of the US have anything to say about slavery?

The Nikole Hannah-Jones wrote an article for the 1619 Project in the New York Times, where she claimed: The Constitution contains 84 clauses. Six deal directly with the enslaved and their enslavement,...
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Was it ever cheaper to starve slaves and replace them than to provide them with food?

In a recent opinion piece in the Guardian, historian David Olusoga makes this shocking claim about slavery in the 17th Century British Empire: The system [Hans Sloane] witnessed and wrote about was ...
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Were slaves involved in the building of the Pyramids of Giza?

The claim: Paid, skilled workers built the pyramids without the use of slave labor. Relevant links: Hawass: ‘The Great Pyramids were not built by slaves’ “Linking building the Great Pyramids to ...
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Were more whites slaves brought to North Africa than black slaves were brought to the United States?

This quotation is attributed to Thomas Sowell "More whites were brought as slaves to North Africa than blacks brought as slaves to the United States or to the 13 colonies from which it was formed. ...
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Were many former American slaves put back into virtual slavery after the civil war?

The ACLU has been a critic of the 13th amendment to the US constitution for some time, claiming that the clause that reads that slavery shall not exist "except as a punishment for crime whereof the ...
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Are these women “for sale in the market in Libya”?

This post has been shared 142,000 times. The associated text reads: Women for sale in the market in Libya, we are against slave trade. If you are against slave trade Share Are these women in ...
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Were George Washington's teeth ripped from the mouths of living slaves?

I've seen lots of things about George Washington's teeth like this going around. The real deal is George Washington had the teeth of his slaves in his mouth and not wood.. Wake Up my people ...
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Did Islam dominate slave trade, and did Christians enter the slave market only later? [closed]

Stefan Molyneux claims in The Truth About The Crusades that: Islam dominated slave trade between the 7th and the 15th century, while the Christians entered the market of human flesh much later - ...
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Did the Constitution of the Confederate States of America ban the slave trade?

From 25 Strange Facts From History You Probably Didn’t Learn In School: The Constitution of the Confederate States of America banned the slave trade. Did the Confederate States of America banned ...
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Did the bible say slavery was okay? [closed]

I am in high school and we are doing a report on why slavery is or is not okay. A lot of my peers have been saying that the bible says there is nothing wrong with slavery. Is this really true?
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Are sex slaves forced to use drugs?

I recently watched an episode of CSI:NY and a major plot point was that sex slaves were forced to take Heroin, presumably to make them more compliant and to cause an addiction that prevents them from ...
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Did George Washington sell a slave for a barrel of syrup?

I know that George Washington owned slaves, but did he sell one for a barrel of syrup? I found two sources that claim this (one of which doesn't seem to be freely available online): George ...
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What percentage of white people owned black slaves in the US?

I recently read a French post on Facebook saying that only 3% of white people owned slaves of African descent in the United States. Here is a part of a debate in French quoting a twitter post about ...
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Were Irish prisoners shipped to America as slaves?

Global Research claims that Irish prisoners were shipped to the US as slaves, is this true? The Irish slave trade began when 30,000 Irish prisoners were sold as slaves to the New World. The King ...
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Is Barack Obama descended from slaves?

Is Barack Obama descended from slaves? From Japanese lawmaker apologizes for Obama 'black slave' remark, Japanese politician Kazuya Maruyama claims that he's descended from slaves: "In America, ...
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Are child slaves used to produce chocolate?

Many websites report that the pickers of cacao beans for chocolate are often illegal slave children, stolen from their homes, beaten every day, and not paid. While Fairtrade labels indicate the ...
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Is America's prosperity the result of slavery? [closed]

It has been claimed (see below for example) that America's relatively high prosperity is the result of slavery, which enabled the development of American capitalism, by using slaves as, well, capital, ...
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Did Jews own most of the plantations that deployed slaves in the United States?

In his 1983 book "Jews and Judaism in the United States", Rabbi Marc Raphael said: "in all the American colonies, whether French (Martinique), British, or Dutch, Jewish merchants frequently dominated.”...
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Was the Jenkins Continuous Build Integration server named after Tom Jenkins, Thomas Jefferson's slave master?

I heard this rumor today and I was wondering if there is any truth to it. I guess there are two parts to it: Did Thomas Jefferson have a slave master named Tom/Thom/Thomas Jenkins? Was the Jenkins CI ...
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Was Christian Europe the first place to abolish slavery?

In discussions on the whether Christianity played a key role in the abolition of slavery in the Western world, I've read the claim that the Christian Europe state, around 800-1000 AD, was the first ...
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Were "comfort women" well-paid?

"Comfort women" is a commonly used euphemism for sex slaves used by the Japanese army during World War II. Negationists argue that "Comfort women" were not sex slaves, and make the specific claim ...
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Was Columbus involved in sexual slavery?

The Oatmeal claims that Columbus engaged in sexual slavery. Columbus began rewarding his lieutenants with sex slaves -- particularly young girls who had been forced into sexual slavery. In a ...
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Was slavery the principal cause of the American Civil War?

In episode 3F20, "Much Apu About Nothing" of The Simpsons, a proctor is administering an American citizenship test to Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and the following exchange occurs: Proctor: All ...
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Is sex slavery active in the Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates?

In Iran (as a neighbor of these countries from the north of Persian Gulf) it is common to hear claims that sex slavery is active in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. You can find some ...
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Did the Irish Catholic church have slaves in Ireland as recently as 1996?

This article covers the topic well, but is more about the Irish government admitting collusion with the supposed slave holders. Labelled the "Maggies", the women and girls were stripped of ...
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Does the Uzbekistan government force children to perfom slave labor harvesting cotton?

A family member posted a link to a blog about companies using slave labor. While the title is a bit misleading because it is not the companies themselves directly employing slave labor but rather ...
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