Questions tagged [slavery]

The system in which some people (slaves) are a property of other people (masters) and are forced by them to perform work.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1 vote
0 answers
70 views

In Ancient Greece or Rome, could a slave (not an ex-slave) themselves own slaves, apart from the fictional Eumaeus (Odyssey Book 14 lines 450-453)? [duplicate]

In Homer's Odyssey the swineherd Eumaeus is a trusted slave of Odysseus' family, having been bought by Odysseus' father Laertes. Yet we are told in Book 14, lines 450 - 453, that Eumaeus himself owns ...
Timothy's user avatar
  • 5,631
-4 votes
1 answer
177 views

Is it likely that Abraham Lincoln knew about the Pyramids at Giza? [closed]

Lincoln's complicated views on race are well documented. That he believed the black man to be inferior to the white man in every way is beyond dispute, at least in his earlier years. Obviously, he was ...
Lawnmower Man's user avatar
3 votes
3 answers
517 views

Are there any confirmed accounts of ancient Greek or Roman mathematicians owning slaves?

I've stumbled upon this (admittedly, pretty old) question on Math.SE. It was proposed there that that question might have been more appropriate for this forum, but I don't believe anybody followed up ...
zipirovich's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
203 views

What separates a slave from a mere serf or servant in modern European contexts? [closed]

Recently I watched a video where this Korean podcaster, Bobby Lee, made a claim that there was never slavery in Korea. At first, I scoffed at him for being ignorant of his own country of origin's ...
Vun-Hugh Vaw's user avatar
16 votes
2 answers
7k views

Did enslaved persons take their owner's surnames?

My last name is Stokes. And I've noticed that there is a large amount of African Americans that have the same last name. Years ago I watched a documentary that mentioned that usually slaves would take ...
Tiffany M Stokes's user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
94 views

Was slavery ubiquitous prior to 1600? [closed]

Given that the basic mechanics of slavery are that a food surplus exists so as to calorically support it, the basic problem of wars and insurgencies that create POWs and criminal activity like ...
R-Obsessive's user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
235 views

Did the famous abolitionist Elihu Embree own slaves at the time of his death?

I was reading the first edition of The Emancipator, found here: "THE EMANCIPATOR." Emancipator, 30 Apr. 1820, p. 1. Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive link.gale.com/apps/doc/...
Curious Layman's user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
169 views

Is there any (other) record of white people being sold into slavery in America?

Awhile back I asked a question about a book The Boy John: Story of a White Slave written in 1897. The book tells the story of a white boy who was sold into slavery. His master made him stay outside ...
Curious Layman's user avatar
7 votes
0 answers
210 views

Re-imposition of slavery and racist laws in France under Napoleon

The last chapter of the Tom Reiss's biography of General Alex Dumas tells in some detail the dark story of the re-imposition of slavery and very harsh race-based oppression by Napoleon, abrogating ...
Felix Goldberg's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
351 views

Has old masonry been found with the bodies of slaves inside?

I was just reading the first edition of the The Emancipator on Gale's Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Database. One way to get access is through a Houston Public Library E-Card, which are ...
Curious Layman's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
309 views

Were the Western World's general political and ideological consensus and consequent actions primarily responsible for the global ending of slavery?

Would one be accurate in stating that it was the general ideological and political consensus and subsequent actions of the Western World during the early to mid 1800s that were primarily responsible ...
Keith626's user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
477 views

Was Lord Dunmore's offer to free slaves for military service a significant driver of the American Revolution?

The controversial 1619 Project has a documentary out that makes the claim that Lord Dunmore's 1775 proclamation was actually the catalyst that prompted the Revolutionary War Specifically, they are ...
Machavity's user avatar
  • 263
1 vote
0 answers
118 views

How complete is the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database?

I was trying to answer another question I had when I came across the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database. According to one website, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database is "[t]he most ...
Curious Layman's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
151 views

How did Mississippi regain representation without ratifying the 13th amendment?

I read that Congress required former Confederate states to ratify the 13th amendment in order to regain representation in the federal government, but Mississippi didn't ratify it until 1995 and not ...
Wendy's user avatar
  • 1
0 votes
1 answer
132 views

What did publicani markings on slaves sold out of the empire look like? [duplicate]

In this video, YouTube: Did Ancient Romans Use Tattoos? @ 4:35, the presenter mentions some "taxes paid" tattoo or branding for slaves sold outside of the empire. Do we have any evidence of ...
Matt Watson's user avatar
7 votes
1 answer
696 views

Was Frederick Douglass right that in his day 'religious slaveholders are the worst'? If so why would this be?

I am quoting from the autobiography of Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), who as many readers will probably know escaped from slavery in Maryland in 1838, settled in Massachusetts and became an anti-...
Timothy's user avatar
  • 5,631
0 votes
0 answers
86 views

What documents should one take hold of in April 1865 in order to establish the list of slave owners in the slave states of the US?

What documents should the president of the U.S. take hold of in order to establish his list of slave owners, including former slaveowners in the decades leading up to the war, in April of 1865? One ...
John Smith's user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
94 views

Were there serfs in early 20th century in south of Spain? [closed]

So, here is the deal, My grandad fled Andalusia in 1934 when he was a little kid with his mother. For what he told me he and his mother they were practically serfs. Working for a rich man, sleeping in ...
RomainL.'s user avatar
  • 121
2 votes
0 answers
115 views

What is the origin of the Roman hand-laying ritual which the word "assert" traces back to?

According to the OED 2nd edition (and OED 1913, L&S, and Gaffiot) the earliest known attestation of the word assert is a Roman hand-laying ritual: assert, v. (əˈsɜːt)[f. L. assert- ppl. stem of ...
Michael's user avatar
  • 129
2 votes
1 answer
160 views

Were there plans to admit the Territory of New Mexico as a slave state? [closed]

Prior to the Civil War, were there any plans to eventually admit Arizona and New Mexico as slave states?
Some Guy's user avatar
  • 271
3 votes
2 answers
3k views

Did Julius Caesar reduce the number of slaves?

In the following article, it is mentioned that Caesar reduced the number of slaves after becoming the dictator. However, other articles only mention the slaves of Gaul. So my question is, is the ...
Arjun's user avatar
  • 39
1 vote
0 answers
170 views

What was the new identity of the white slave in Kentucky ~1840, called the Boy John, after he was freed?

In 1897, a book called "The Boy John" was published by a Kentucky lodge of the Order of Odd Fellows (a mutual benefit society with history going back to England), detailing the efforts of ...
Curious Layman's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
791 views

Did Abraham Lincoln send a letter to Jefferson Davis about allowing slavery if he rejoined the Union?

I don't know where I heard this originally (somewhere in grade school I think) but I have a very vivid memory of hearing this story: Apparently at the beginning of the Civil War, Lincoln sent a letter ...
HistoryQuestions123's user avatar
-3 votes
3 answers
226 views

Were conquered professionals used as forced professional labor under Nazi rule?

Was it common for professional classes from conquered lands to be used as forced labor for "professional" work under Nazi rule? For example, would it be unusual for a Lithuanian doctor who ...
acpilot's user avatar
  • 185
3 votes
3 answers
2k views

Why did slave dealers and buyers in the Antebellum South especially value enslaved persons with "good teeth" and "good front teeth"?

Open Yale Courses: HIST 119: The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877. Lecture 3 – A Southern World View: The Old South and Proslavery Ideology says, " Ads in newspapers, like this one in ...
Matthew Christopher Bartsh's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
319 views

Why were slave armies used?

I’m aware of several instances where civilizations, mainly Muslim used slave armies. And so far as I’m aware this invariably resulted in the slaves becoming the de facto rulers of whatever people ...
John Hall's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
219 views

Is there mutual significance in the year 1807, so far as abolition of the slave trade in Britain and the United States is concerned?

I have just read an article in the autumn edition of The Historian (British publication of the Historical Association) by Professor John Coffey of the University of Leicester on The secret diaries of ...
WS2's user avatar
  • 2,242
7 votes
1 answer
818 views

Were freedmen part of the "familia"?

In LINGVA LATINA A Companion to Familia Romana Second Edition by Jeanne Marie Neumann, an unofficial companion to the Lingva Latina course, she states that: When a master manumitted … a slave, that ...
TheHonRose's user avatar
  • 7,929
5 votes
1 answer
3k views

Were there "Taxes Paid" slave tattoos in the Roman Empire?

In this video, YouTube: Did Ancient Romans Use Tattoos? @ 4:35, the presenter mentions a "Taxes Paid" tattoo. I understand it's just YouTube but I believe this creator doesn't typically ...
Matt Watson's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
125 views

Would an Athenian citizen, reduced elsewhere into slavery, remain a slave if brought back to Athens?

I understand that it was common at one time for debt defaulters in Athens to be driven into a form of slavery, or bonded servitude, and that Solon abolished this practice and freed all such bondsmen. ...
John McKellar's user avatar
12 votes
2 answers
727 views

Which was the official position of the Catholic Church on the Atlantic Slave Trade?

The position of the Catholic Church (officially through the pope) regarding slavery of native Americans in the American continent is very clear. At the beginning of the European colonization of such ...
luchonacho's user avatar
  • 2,049
3 votes
1 answer
459 views

What was the wealth distribution in US antebellum North / South

My question relates to the following quote from chapter XI of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: I had very strangely supposed, while in slavery, that few of the comforts, and ...
Daniel Shapero's user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
237 views

Did classical Romans have preferences for slaves based on ethnicity or racial characteristics?

I have read of Greeks who were valued as tutors, secretaries, etc, presumably because they were literate and other races (barbarii) tended not to be. Are there any historical records of general Roman ...
Mawg's user avatar
  • 793
3 votes
1 answer
246 views

Was Alexander Coffroth for or against slavery? And in what instances?

I am watching the 2012 film "Lincoln" and there was a character Alexander Coffroth. Doing some research on him, it is quite vague whether or not he supported or didn't support slavery. If he ...
Harry Iguana's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
220 views

How often were slaves raised by their parents in 19th century USA?

American slave owners wanted their slaves to have children, but they didn't always allow their slaves to marry, and often sold families piecemeal. About what percentage of slaves were raised by both ...
Dan R.'s user avatar
  • 239
3 votes
1 answer
228 views

What proportion of US government revenue came from taxes on slaves, between 1790 and 1846?

What proportion of US government revenue (federal,state,local) came from taxes on slaves between 1790 and 1846? I chose 1846 as the breakpoint because of the Walker Tariff; feel free to critique that ...
capet's user avatar
  • 204
-2 votes
3 answers
401 views

What determines whether slavery is economically efficient in industrialized/modern era economies?

Various forms of slavery were nearly universal before the industrial revolution. After industrialization, it would naively seem forced labor would continue to be widespread, as there is no way to ...
user1441998's user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
675 views

How were false US flags identified on slave ships in the transatlantic slave trade?

Background In the transatlantic slave trade, it is known that captains of the slave ships used to fly false US flags. This was due to the USA not allowing the Royal Navy to search their ships. "...
Stochastic's user avatar
13 votes
1 answer
3k views

How did slavery become permissible in the French West Indies when it was forbidden in France?

In 1315, France abolished slavery in continental France. Unless I am mistaken, the first French territories outside of "continental France" were established in 1534 with the North American ...
ChrisR's user avatar
  • 241
8 votes
1 answer
930 views

What's the difference between Country Born and Mulatto people in the 18th century New England?

I have a history assignment and it's asking me to provide context of the table already provided that contains "background characteristics of New England Runaways." To be specific, it states ...
Emerald Bay's user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
204 views

Were there historical efforts to train apes to do the work of enslaved humans?

I remember once reading something that suggested that in the Victorian era, there were failed efforts to raise apes to perform menial field labor and replace enslaved humans. Supposedly the hand grip/...
DWKraus's user avatar
  • 145
7 votes
1 answer
235 views

Were there actually slaves in Georgia while slavery was banned there?

Wikipedia reports that "The Georgia Experiment [from 1735 to 1751] was the colonial-era policy prohibiting the ownership of slaves in the Georgia Colony," and that this was done in order to &...
Colin McLarty's user avatar
23 votes
3 answers
5k views

Did Northern troops attempt to re-enslave African Americans in Southern plantations during the Civil War?

In Black Reconstruction in America, W.E.B. Du Bois argues that during the war, Northern troops - in this case under the command of Nathaniel P. Banks - sometimes tried to get enslaved people back to ...
user64296's user avatar
  • 380
1 vote
1 answer
969 views

What was the fate of the planters and their plantations following the American Civil War?

I had a question about the fate of the Southern planter class following the American civil war. The question was sparked by W.E.B. Du Bois's Black Reconstruction in America. Du Bois argues that they ...
user64296's user avatar
  • 380
1 vote
1 answer
131 views

What was life like for Australian convicts in the last few decades of transportation?

What was life like for Australian convicts in the last few decades of transportation? The last convict transportation arrived in 1868, what happened to convicts during this latter period? Were they ...
user avatar
28 votes
5 answers
8k views

Why were slave owners even offered compensation via the 1837 Act if they'd lost the power in parliament to stop abolition in 1833?

The British government paid out £20 million to slave owners in 1837 as compensation for the loss of the slaves as business assets to the registered owners of the freed slaves. There seems to be plenty ...
ian's user avatar
  • 444
1 vote
0 answers
105 views

How was it possible for people to remain enslaved until 1869? [closed]

In this article, we read that Wood's enslaver marched his slaves to Texas after the Civil War where she remained enslaved to him until 1869. This is the first I have heard of this. How is this ...
releseabe's user avatar
  • 1,898
2 votes
1 answer
208 views

Did the slave trade from Africa to the Middle East decline during the 20th century?

From reading Wikipedia, it's not clear how much the slave trade to the middle east from Africa declined, or when. If it declined, did that coincide with 1) the turn of the century, when almost all of ...
Ne Mo's user avatar
  • 14.1k
35 votes
6 answers
7k views

How is serfdom related to slavery?

As far as I understand serfdom is very closely related to slavery. For example, Wikipedia mentions serfs could be traded, bought and sold and were more or less at the mercy of their owner/lord and ...
Ezekiel's user avatar
  • 717
24 votes
5 answers
6k views

Was it possible for a young Japanese woman to end up enslaved in Great Britain in the mid-1600s?

I'm inspired to ask this by the horror visual novel The Letter, which chiefly regards a haunted building called the Ermengarde mansion, in the fictional English town of Anslem, near the equally-...
Exal's user avatar
  • 343

1
2 3 4 5