Slavery is the practice of owning a person and forcing that person to work for nothing in return. Although slavery has existed in many parts of the world, it was most prevalent in the British colonies and later in the United States. While it has since been outlawed in many parts of the world, modern forms of slavery still exist.
Historians believe that slavery has been practiced since ancient times, possibly dating back to sometime after the introduction of agriculture and permanent settlements in Mesopotamia, Persia, and Egypt. There were multiple ways that a person might become enslaved. In Babylonian and Assyrian societies, prisoners of war comprised a large percentage of enslaved people. A man who could not pay his...Read more