Slavery

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Slavery

The practice in which one person owns another person, or at least that person's labor. In either case, the owner does not compensate the slave for his/her work. Slavery is one of the world's oldest institutions. In the modern world, it is considered one of the most egregious human rights violations. It is illegal in nearly every country, but still exists. In the present, it is strongly associated with sexual trafficking and forced domestic servants.
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At first glance, one might assume that Freeman intends to follow a Plautine juxtaposition of love slave and chattel slave to emphasize the lover's sense of bondage to his desire, but Freeman surprises us.
The standard practice of referring to chattel slaves as "negroes," a term taken from the Spanish, and overt avoidance of referring to them as "slaves," either in personal correspondence or in official legislation indicate the subtle adoption of an ostensibly foreign practice.
Charles Bolton defined these men and women in purely economic terms--whites who possessed neither land nor chattel slaves.
President Barack Obama could not hold back the tears when he saw with his own eyes the dungeons in which millions of black Africans were chained and degraded before being shipped, if they survived the ordeal, to the USA and the Caribbean as chattel slaves.
As Melville knew, one such group in antebellum American culture was black chattel slaves, a group who occupied a liminal status as both subjects and objects of power.