4 states just voted to close a loophole that allowed slavery as punishment for a crime

Nov 10, 2022
But that might not change the way prisons use inmates as labor.
There were still a few states that utilized slavery and indentured servitude as punishment for crimes.
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Slavery ended in the 1860s. Why hasn't the wealth gap closed for Black Americans?

Jun 20, 2022
Juneteenth commemorates Black Americans' emancipation from slavery, yet their economic emancipation continues.
Demonstrators marched Friday in Newark, New Jersey, to celebrate Juneteenth and demand reparations for Black Americans. Structural and legal barriers have limited Black people's opportunities to build wealth.
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Here's how companies are observing Juneteenth this year

Jun 19, 2020
Juneteenth dates back to 1865, and it is a celebration specifically of the end of slavery in Texas, which was one of the last holdouts.
This is not a new holiday. But with the conversation we’re having now about racial injustice and American history, companies are paying attention to it.
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Author Caitlin Rosenthal on the role of slavery in the history of business

Aug 14, 2018
Caitlin Rosenthal, author of "Accounting for Slavery," discusses the role slavery plays in the history of business.
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The disturbing parallels between modern accounting and the business of slavery

Aug 14, 2018
How slaveholders used modern management techniques
A group of women and children, presumably slaves, sit and stand around the doorway of a rough wooden cabin in the southern United States in the mid-19th century. One girl reads a book to the group of sitting children.
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Slavery in its modern form

Dec 28, 2015
A look at which country today has the largest amount of forced labor.

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Of poverty and sacrifice in Haiti

Aug 27, 2013
Edwidge Danticat's new novel, "Claire of the Sea Light," describes the economic difficulties of life in Haiti, even before the 2010 earthquake.

Family members as property

Feb 7, 2013
Commentator Afi-Odelia Scruggs contemplates her great-great-grandfather as someone's 'personal property.'