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Questions tagged [slavery]

A legal system in which individuals can be owned, potentially without their consent, and treated as property.

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Plausibility of US Suit over Ownership of Photos of Slaves

Background As reported in this Washington Post news article and many similar articles in other major news organs, a lawsuit has very recently been filed against Harvard University and various ...
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Could Congress have ended slavery without the 13th Amendment?

The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution reads: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall ...
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What is the punishment for slavery in the United States?

It appears that slavery is in fact illegal. What is the punishment for practicing it?
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Did the Fugitive Slave Act ever get repealed?

I know that slavery has been outlawed in the United States, but I was wondering if anyone got around to repealing the Fugitive Slave Act.
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Could an American slave own intellectual property over things they created?

Say that an individual were a slave in the United States before the passage of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, abolishing slavery. Could such a slave own intellectual property over things ...
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Is slavery Illegal in the United States?

I have been bothered by the phrasing of the 13th Amendment since I first read it, in particular the bold: Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime ...