Slavery: Where The Past Meets The Present

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Throughout the history of the world, many things have changed. With the increase in technology and the advancement of man, almost every aspect of life has evolved from one thing to another. However, there is one element that remains constant; slavery. Slavery has changed forms from your traditional chattel and peasant slavery that William Wilberforce, Thomas Sowell, and Charles Van Doren discuss, to more modern forms such as forced labor and prostitution that David Davis, Charles Jacobs, William Branigin, Beth Hertzfeld, and John Miller mention. Though the types of slavery may have changed, the seriousness of the issue and the affect it has on the people who are forced into slavery situations are just as horrible and outrageous as those from the past. Exploring these new kinds of slavery and comparing them to those of the past will all be covered. Also, what is being done now and relating it to what was being done in the past will help explain what the future holds for this never ending battle against slavery. What exactly causes people to turn to slavery? In the historical days, Davis indicates in his article “What the Abolitionist Were Up Against” that even as far back as Aristotle, people thought that “from the hour of their birth, some men are marked out for subjection, others to rule” (17); basically stating that it is natural for some to have total power, and other to have a life of slavery. Through time, ideas changed, but slavery was still around. In today’s day and age, slavery exists because of “poverty, greed, marginalization, social complicity, and lack of political will to address the issue” (Herzfeld 9). Even Davis acknowledged that the visions of new world wealth always seemed to require slave labor (19). Many people in the general public do not realize that slavery still exists. As Jacobs noted in his article “Slavery: Worldwide
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