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Exploring the Depths of ‘White Slavery’

In conversations about slavery in the United States, the question of “white slavery” is often raised. It is reasoned that if whites could also be slaves, then slavery wasn’t necessarily based upon race, but upon social status or some other factor. This understanding problematic as it attempts to redefine chattel slavery as it was understood in pre-Civil War America.

Maybe it’s a good idea to take a deeper look at what hereditary slavery was and whether white people were actually subject to such an institution.

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