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FRIED LIGHT The persistence of slavery

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By Roger Snodgrass

Not long ago I wrote a column in which I drew the modest conclusion that “the end of slavery is probably the best thing that ever happened to us.”Not long ago I wrote a column in which I drew the modest conclusion that “the end of slavery is probably the best thing that ever happened to us.”

Not long ago I wrote a column in which I drew the modest conclusion that “the end of slavery is probably the best thing that ever happened to us.”

It was in the context of having just listened to a series of educational tapes surveying more than 1,000 years in the history of the Ancient Greeks and Romans.

“The Renaissance had slaves in the Fifteenth Century and so did the Reformation in the 16th and the Enlightenment in the 17th and 18th centuries, dwindling down over the next couple of hundred years, well into another era of republics,” I wrote, on my way to what seemed to me to be a pretty obvious assertion.

A few people have questioned that conclusion, noting among other things the persistence of slavery in other forms.

And they are exactly right to do so.


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