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According to Marx, was slavery in the US in the 19th century feudal, pre-feudal or capitalist?

The political regime in the US had few feudal traits. On the other hand it had similarity to serfdom in Russia. So, was it classified as feudal vestige or something else?
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What is the origin of this statement? I have seen it on multiple Slavery and Human Trafficking Statements on intelligence firm's websites

I have seen this statement: "Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human ...
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Is "rebuttable presumption" a new thing in US foreign policy? (presumption of Xinjiang forced labor)

CNN's article Biden signs bill banning goods from China's Xinjiang over forced labor says: The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act is part of the US pushback against Beijing's treatment of China's ...
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Penal labour in United States

Penal labour is banned in most if not all of the United Kingdom. Perhaps because of No prisoner shall be employed, in the service of the institution, in any disciplinary capacity https://www.ohchr....
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What came of Andrew Forrest's plan to "end Pakistan slavery" in return for "cheap coal"?

His Wikipedia biography mentions that In January 2014, Forrest announced a deal with Pakistan to do away with more than two million slaves in return for cheap coal. citing an article in The ...
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Who are the prototypical modern-day slaves in the USA, according to Walk Free?

Walk Free's Global Slavery Index estimates there were 403,000 modern day slaves in the USA (in 2018), but that puts the USA in fairly good position per capita [in the Americas] with only 1.3 slaves ...
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Which aspects of US Senate structure 18th and 19th century can be seen as “concessions to the planter class” and to slavery?

From the recent interview of Adam Jentleson, former deputy chief of staff to Democratic Sen. Harry Reid by NPR reporter Audie Cornish Former Senator's Staffer On What Senate Might Do In Response To ...
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Are the Withhold Release Orders published by US Customs and Border Protection the subject of the CBP's own investigations; is such evidence published?

The US CBP has issued a Withhold Release Order on a major Malaysian palm oil producer https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/cbp-issues-detention-order-palm-oil-produced-forced-labor-...
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What did Trump mean when he called Lincoln's legacy 'questionable'? [closed]

So yesterday Trump said this: I think I’ve done more for the black community than any other president. And let’s take a pass on Abraham Lincoln, because he did good, although it’s always ...
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Would slavery reparations be considered Bills of Attainder and hence Illegal in the US?

Recently, a few aspiring 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates (specifically Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren) have spoken out in favor of "reparations" to black people for American Slavery, which ...
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Was the Corwin Amendment's use of the term "domestic institutions" intended to apply to more than just slavery?

The Corwin Amendment was a proposed amendment to the US Constitution introduced in March 2, 1861 as an attempt to end the Civil War. The text is as follows: No amendment shall be made to the ...
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In what ways economy influence slavery and end of it?

Most people think slavery is prohibited because it's "wrong". If that's true, we would have ended slavery thousands of years ago. It seems that industrialization makes labor more "precious". Each ...
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In the news, it says "essential" government employees would be required to work without pay. How?

In the news, the reporters have been talking about "essential" (real quotes, not scare quotes) government employees being required to work without pay by these two statements (paraphrased). All ...
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What does Kanye (Ye) West actually mean by "Abolish the 13th Amendment"?

On his Saturday Night Live appearance on the 29th of September 2018, Kanye West spoke on "abolishing the 13th amendment". (This may have been stewing for a while, but that is when I first became ...
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Why did Mississipi ratify the 13th Amendment so late?

I read recently - to my surprise - that Mississippi ratified the 13th Amendment to abolish involuntary servitude and slavery in 2013. In fact, there was a move to ratify it in 1995, but the paperwork ...
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In the US, is there any crime for which the punishment is slavery?

Article 13 U.S. Constitution: Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the ...
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How did slavery become a legal institution in the United States?

The second paragraph in the Unites States Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with ...
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How do the proponents of reparations to the descendants of US slaves plan to identify the correct recipients?

I have heard arguments that reparations should be given to the descendants of US slaves, usually monetary compensation. For instance, the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent ...
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Is Africa the only continent where chattel slavery still exists?

The only two places on earth I can find that still have chattel slavery are Sudan and Mauritania. I have read reports that it still occurs in the Sahel region in general but I can't find any concrete ...
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How do Americans perceive slavery?

Similar to this question: How do today's Germans percieve the Nazis: “Race relations are better since I graduated. That's the truth,” Obama told. He added “Racism persists, inequality persists...” ...
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What 8 U.S. Presidents Owned Slaves During Their Presidency? [closed]

I would like to know which U.S. Presidents owned slaves while in office. I think the list I put together on The Politicus is correct, but wanted to make sure.
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Why is the Slave Trade provision of the US Constitution so broad?

Article One Section 9 of United States Constitution contains a provision, as a concession to the South, that the slave trade may not be banned by Congress until 1808. But the language of the ...
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Do Caribbean countries have standing against colonial countries for slave reparations?

A new lawsuit is being filed in the International Court at Haugue for slave reparations. Fourteen Caribbean countries that once sustained that slave economy now want Mr. Hague to put his money where ...
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What amendment to the U.S. Constitution removed the provision for slaves to count as three fifths of a person?

One of the compromises in the original U.S. Constitution provided that slaves counted as three fifths of a person for the purposes of computing populations and thus allocating seats to the House of ...
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