The Rise, Persistence, and Slow Decline of Legal Slavery

Stanley L. Engerman

in The Legal Understanding of Slavery

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199660469
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745508 | DOI:
The Rise, Persistence, and Slow Decline of Legal Slavery

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This chapter focuses on issues related to the attempts to define slavery in the past and present, in order to determine the major basis of defining slavery. The first section takes a look at the slaves' description of their life and the treatment they received from their owners. It studies the idea of voluntary slavery and the efforts to eventually end legal slavery. From here the discussion turns to a case of slave emancipation in the British West Indies during the 1930s.

Keywords: defining slavery; treatment of slaves; life; voluntary slavery; legal slavery; slave emancipation

Chapter.  6959 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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