IntroductionAt some point in history, slavery has plagued nearly every part of the world. From ancient Greece to the modern Americas, innumerable governments have sanctioned the complete control of certain persons for the benefit of other persons, usually under the guise of social, mercantile, and technological progress.
The U.S. legacy of slavery began in the early seventeenth century. However, the stage for U.S. slavery was set as early as the fourteenth century, when the rich nations of Spain and Portugal began to capture Africans for enslavement in Europe. When Spain, Portugal, and other European countries conquered and laid claim to the New World of the Caribbean and West Indies in the late sixteenth century, they brought along the practice of slavery. Eventually, slavery expanded to the north, to colonial America. -- West's Encyclopedia of Law "Slavery"
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- American Indians and Slavery
- Slavery and the American South: American Civil War Almanac
- Slavery, Free Blacks, and Native Americans: Shaping of America 1783-1815 Almanac
- The Northern Abolitionist Movement: American Civil War Almanac
- Was The Civil War Fought To Abolish Slavery? - History Fact Finder
- American Anti-Slavery Society Is Founded: Salem on History
- Massachusetts Recognizes Slavery: Salem on History
- Northeast States Abolish Slavery: Salem on History
- Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery Is Founded: Salem on History
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