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Were George Washington's teeth ripped from the mouths of living slaves?

We do know that (at least one of) his dentures used human teeth, as you can see in this picture of the exhibit (taken from Snopes), which says: Contrary to popular myth, Washington’s false teeth were ...
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Were many former American slaves put back into virtual slavery after the civil war?

According to The Iniquity of Leasing Convict Labor Engineering Magazine September 1891, pages 749-757: The convict lease system exists in all the Southern States, with the exception of Maryland ...
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Was it ever cheaper to starve slaves and replace them than to provide them with food?

Strictly speaking, the quoted claim is most immediately one about Hans Sloane's writings. So if this is an accurate description of what Sloane wrote, Olusoga is telling the truth. Olusoga is not ...
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Did Jews own most of the plantations that deployed slaves in the United States?

No. According to The Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery, in the section "Judaism in the Antebellum South" which begins at page 384: About 5,000 Jews owned one or more slaves—about 1.25 ...
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Did the Constitution of the Confederate States of America ban the slave trade?

Let's be clear about what is being claimed by that. Note the exact language - "slave trade." If the question is whether there was a ban on slavery, absolutely not. So.... "slave trade&...
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Were Irish prisoners shipped to America as slaves?

Historians routinely agree that the Irish were not slaves in the sense of chattel slavery (i.e. to distinguish it from indentured slavery). I cannot find ANY source in the article that you reference ...
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Were many former American slaves put back into virtual slavery after the civil war?

The word "many" here, being part of the OP's question title, is important, and the relative numbers as reported by DavePHD in his answer already addresses this part of the question. As to the whole ...
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Were more whites slaves brought to North Africa than black slaves were brought to the United States?

For the US, we have pretty detailed record keeping of how many slaves were imported, but for North Africa we do not. The number of African slaves imported to the US is about 300,000, only a fraction ...
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What percentage of white people owned black slaves in the US?

There is surprisingly little information about this available. The information that does exist is almost entirely based on different interpretations of the 1860 census (except of course for the claims ...
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Are child slaves used to produce chocolate?

Yes, almost certainly. There is ample documentation that many of the workers in cocoa factories in Cote D'Ivoire are trafficked, which essentially means forced to labour against their will. Wikipedia ...
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Was it ever cheaper to starve slaves and replace them than to provide them with food?

Was it cheaper to starve a slave to death and to replace him than it was to provide him with food? It depends on what you mean with "starve". Starve has two meanings according to Merriam-Webster: 1a :...
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Does the Constitution of the US have anything to say about slavery?

Yes, the quoted claims are largely correct. Some of the Constitutional powers mentioned were less slavery-focused than the quote suggests, but they certainly could be used in the ways the quote ...
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Was Columbus involved in sexual slavery?

I thought the quote above was pretty damning too, until I read the context around it. In the letter the quote was taken from was defending himself from charges brought against him, and directly ...
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What percentage of white people owned black slaves in the US?

In the 1856 abolitionist speech before the House of Representatives Modern "democracy", the Ally of Slavery by Mason Weare Tappan it is stated that there are 347,525 slave holders in the United States,...
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Did George Washington sell a slave for a barrel of syrup?

Here's a more authoritative source: During the pre-Revolutionary years, Washington's views toward slavery were [as far as the record reveals] conventional, reflecting those of a typical Virginia ...
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Were 80 million black slaves killed in the USA by the end of the civil war?

Dwight Lowell Dumond's Antislavery 1 is available at archive.org. The quote about 100 million is on the first page of chapter 7 and does not give a reference for that figure. SlaveVoyages, a database ...
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Did the bible say slavery was okay?

I don't know if there is a verse in the Bible which states that slavery is good - or bad, for that matter. However, there are many verses that treat slavery as a normal, and explain how slaves ...
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Is Barack Obama descended from slaves?

Obama is probably descended from a black slave - but from his white mother. From the Wikipedia article Family of Barack Obama: News sources reported in July 2012 that according to Ancestry.com, ...
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Was the Jenkins Continuous Build Integration server named after Tom Jenkins, Thomas Jefferson's slave master?

The stated reason the name Jenkins was chosen is because: ... the choice for a new name is Jenkins, which we think evokes the same sort of English butler feel as Hudson. No official recognition of ...
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Were "comfort women" well-paid?

Trigger warnings: Detailed depiction of sexual assault, trafficking, and related. It depends on what you mean by "well", and it depends on a wide different number of factors - Paid by whom, to whom? ...
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Does the Constitution of the US have anything to say about slavery?

Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3 reads, emphasis mine, Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their ...
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Were slaves involved in the building of the Pyramids of Giza?

Overall, I would say that we still don't know for sure, but the general consensus of the experts seems to be that the labor force that built the pyramids were not free wage workers in the modern sense,...
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Was it ever cheaper to starve slaves and replace them than to provide them with food?

Your starting point is the 17th century slave trade, but your actual question appears to be more general - was this ever true for slavery? In that case we have to say definitely yes. In WWII, ...
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Were many former American slaves put back into virtual slavery after the civil war?

In the bold portion above, the ACLU claims that "convict leasing" was done immediately after the civil war, was used to target and enslave black Americans, and was prevalent. Is this a fair ...
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Did the bible say slavery was okay?

TLDR: The Christian Bible never says slavery is good but it doesn't explicitly forbid it. The commandments concerning slavery define minimum working conditions for slaves which makes them very close ...
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Are these women “for sale in the market in Libya”?

Are these women in Libya Probably not in Libya. are they for sale in a market, and are they for sale as slaves? Maybe. The oldest version (June 26, 2018) I can find with reverse image search ...
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Were owners of slaves in 1860, largely Democrats?

The fact that the Republican party was formed by elements of several parties (Northern Democrats, and Whigs and the Free Soil Party) who were most opposed to slavery is probably well know. However the ...
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Were 80 million black slaves killed in the USA by the end of the civil war?

In my hunt for the transcript of this video, I stumbled upon the following quote from The Black Revolution (April 8, 1964) regarding the source for his claim: One hundred million Africans were ...
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