Slavery FAQs:

Q: Was slavery institutionally recognized by most societies?

A: Yes, and it has now been outlawed in all recognized countries, the last being Mauritania in 2007.

Q: Is slavery more common when the labour done is relatively simple and thus easy to supervise?

A: Yes, such as large-scale growing of a single crop.

Q: Was slavery officially abolished in Qing China in 1910?

A: Yes, and the practice continues unofficially in some regions of the country.

Q: Is slavery also still practiced by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant?

A: Yes.

Q: Is slavery an internationally recognized human right?

A: Yes.

Q: Was slavery again abolished?

A: Yes, and by Wang Mang, in China in 17 C.E but was reinstituted after his assassination.

Q: Was slavery illegal in England?

A: Yes.

Q: Was slavery formally abolished in 1588?

A: Yes, they were replaced by the second serfdom.

Q: Was slavery finally abolished on March 22?

A: Yes, and 1873.

Q: Was slavery a legal institution in all of the 13 American colonies?

A: Yes, and the profits of the slave trade and of West Indian plantations amounted to 5% of the British economy at the time of the Industrial Revolution.

Q: Was slavery a gradual process in Virginia?

A: Yes.

Q: Is slavery rare among hunter-gatherer populations because it requires economic surpluses and a high population density to be viable?

A: Yes.

Q: Is slavery also a current phenomenon?

A: Yes.

Q: Is slavery treated as an established institution?

A: Yes.

Q: Is slavery often used as a pejorative to describe any activity in which one is coerced into performing?

A: Yes.

Q: Is slavery handled as a civil law matter in almost every country?

A: Yes.

Q: Was slavery the engine that drove the mercantile empires of Europe?

A: Yes.

Q: Was slavery practiced in Africa even before the first Europeans arrived and the Atlantic slave trade was performed with a high degree of involvement of several African societies?

A: Yes.

Q: Was slavery known in almost every ancient civilization and society including Sumer?

A: Yes, and Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, the Akkadian Empire, Assyria, Ancient India, Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, the Hebrew kingdoms of the ancient Levant, and the pre-Columbian civilizations of the Americas.

Q: Is slavery a multibillion-dollar industry with estimates of up to $35 billion generated annually?

A: Yes.

Q: Was slavery abolished in British India by the Indian Slavery Act V?

A: Yes, of 1843.

Q: Is slavery endemic in Sudan?

A: Yes.

Q: Was slavery also widespread in Africa?

A: Yes, and with both internal and external slave trade.

Q: Was slavery in fact a profitable method of production?

A: Yes, and especially on bigger plantations growing cotton that fetched high prices in the world market.

Q: Was slavery seen as the most efficient method of production for large-scale crops like sugar and cotton?

A: Yes, and whose output was based on economies of scale.

Q: Is slavery a criminal offense but slave owners can get very high returns for their risk?

A: Yes.

Q: Is slavery now outlawed in every country?

A: Yes, and the number of slaves today is estimated as between 12 million and 29.