When people think of a point in American history when people were treated unfairly because of the color of their skin slavery is usually the first period that manifests in their minds. This is because slavery in America was a life time sentence to prison and personal servitude where people, based on the color of the skin, were legally treated like objects and not human beings.
WHAT ARE SOME FACTORS THAT HELP PEOPLE DETERMINE WHEN SLAVERY ENDED IN AMERICA?
A Person’s Definition of Slavery
- Officially, slavery ended in 1865 in the United States of American. However, there are many people who believe that remnants of that same slavery live on today. Other people, on the other hand, may not believe that slavery exists today in the United States but do argue that it lasted well beyond the year of 1865.
- Because black people were enslaved in America for so long, American institutions had developed within society to perpetuate racism while providing privileges to other races, predominantly white people. Although the laws were officially changed in 1865, blacks were not provided the same rights as white people and therefore although they were no longer bonded in slavery, they were affected a great deal by the institution of slavery far beyond the year 1865.
- Therefore, if a person defines slavery, merely by physical bondage the year slavery legally ended in America was 1865. However, if a person defines slavery by the affects that institutionalized racially based slavery had and continues to have on black Americans one could very well argue that slavery or at least its effects reverberate and continue today.
SLAVERY CONTINUES TO EXIST IN THE WORLD!
Slavery in an institution that goes back far beyond the European colonization of North America. Slavery predated the transatlantic slave trade and has never been a phenomenon that has been eradicated. In the Middle East, as well as Africa, slavery continue to exist even today. Some nations continue to enslave their citizens in debtor prisons, some countries continue chattel slavery while the sex trade and prostitution slavery camps still continue to thrive, plaguing the world.
TODAY THERE ARE MORE SLAVES IN THE WORLD THAN AT ANY OTHER POINT IN TIME!
- There are over 30 million slaves in the world today
- 19 million of the slaves today are bonded labor or people imprisoned in debt bondage camps
- 8 million people are considered forced labor slaves
- 3 million are trafficked slaves, including slaves that are moved around in sex trafficking.
- Continues to be challenging, as work forces are assembled in developing nations where tactics of forcing people to perform laborious activities for zero wages is not uncommon.
- In fact, India has an estimated 40 million works who are labeled untouchables, who are bonded workers forced to work in slave-like conditions so that they can pay off debts that they have.
- Although slavery was officially abolished in China in 1910, in some remote parts of the country, it continues.
- Just in 2008, more than 5,000 Brazilian slaves were rescued by authorities.