A slave is a person who is the legally owned property of another person and is forced to obey them.
Slaves are trated as "property" and forced to work. Slaves can be held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase, or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, to refuse to work, or to demand compensation.
Slavery has existed, in one form or another, through the whole of recorded human history — as have, in various periods, movements to free large or distinct groups of slaves. On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which declared freedom from slavery is an internationally recognized human right.
Slaves suffering domestic chastisements (in Brazil), engraving(?) by Johann Moritz Rugendas (c. 1830).
Slave suspected of a crime staked out and flogged (1844).
French postcard depicting Roman decadence (c. 1910).
The partner of a slave is usually called their Owner, Master, or Mistress. A slave is a submissive, but the term implies a more pervasive relationship than "submissive" does. A slave is almost always a slave to a specific Master (or Mistress). Occasionally, but rarely, a slave will acknowledge more than one Master. A master/slave relationship suggests one that goes beyond sexual scenes, and affects the day-to-day life of the people involved. It can be formally codified slave contract.
However, different people have different conceptions of the role, and may use it in different ways. There is no single accepted and definitive list of traits that a "slave" must possess, nor is there clear agreement on what distinguishes a "slave" from a "submissive".
French photo of mistress and slaves from the Biederer Studio (c. 1930s).
- Brenn and his share of the spoils, painting by Paul Jamin (1853-1903)
- The Atlantic Slave Trade: Crash Course World History on YouTube
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