Too many people believe that slavery is a “peculiar institution.”
That’s what Kenneth Stampp called slavery in his book, “Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South.”
But slavery is by no means peculiar, odd, or unusual. It was common among ancient peoples such as the Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Hittites, Greeks, Persians, Armenians, and many others.
Large numbers of Christians were enslaved during the Ottoman wars in Europe. White slaves were common in Europe from the Dark Ages to the Middle Ages. It was only after A.D. 1600 that Europeans joined with Arabs and Africans and started the Atlantic slave trade.
Much more to read on slavery HERE
Oh, a minor fact I found out earlier this afternoon, chocolate the good stuff we all enjoy? Take away slavery and the cost might be out of our reach! Just google chocolate and slavery.