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  •  At one point or another (3+ / 0-)
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    slavery was near universal. Find a culture and you probably will find some form a slavery that was practiced, the difference here is that not only is it so close in the timeline but our country was founded on it. It is so tightly wound up in all that we are that teasing out those threads becomes very difficult.

    "Humidity built the snowman. Sunshine brought him down" John Prine

    by high uintas on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 07:42:44 PM PDT

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    •  There are other things problematic (4+ / 0-)

      Indentured servitude was more a matter of circumstance than of obviously identifiable personal characteristics. This isn't to say that other cultures didn't enslave the populations of nations they had conquered, but it was seldom an invariable or a permanent circumstance. In some cultures it was class-based.

      In Colonial America on the other hand, slaves were always and only from Africa and, with few exceptions, the state and condition of servitude continued from one generation to the next with origin as a defining condition. That was a rather exceptional situation.

      •  I think another difference (0+ / 0-)

        was that our slavery was entirely race based, not tribal or cultural. It failed to create any escape from being enslaved by accomplishment or other measure. Even slaves who were freed by their masters weren't safe unless they stayed where they were. (For the most part, I know there are always exceptions)

        "Humidity built the snowman. Sunshine brought him down" John Prine

        by high uintas on Sat Jul 20, 2013 at 03:31:10 PM PDT

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