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The Legal Understanding of SlaveryFrom the Historical to the Contemporary$
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Jean Allain

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199660469

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660469.001.0001

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The Rise, Persistence, and Slow Decline of Legal Slavery

The Rise, Persistence, and Slow Decline of Legal Slavery

(p.165) 9 The Rise, Persistence, and Slow Decline of Legal Slavery
The Legal Understanding of Slavery

Stanley L. Engerman

Oxford University Press

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

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