26th Aug '14 4:16:48 AM Cameoflage
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Clarified the Firefly example.
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24th Aug '14 8:42:09 PM WarriorEowyn
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This isn't true for several reasons. Slavery was extremely profitable in the South at the time of the Civil War, and in the British "sugar islands" of the Caribbean at the time when the British abolished slavery. Slavery and the slave trade ended because Britain banned the slave trade (and used the world's strongest navy to enforce that ban on other nations) and later ended slavery in their colonies, and ended in the US due to the Civil War. Even after the Civil War, white Southerners went to great lengths to continue keeping black people as forced labour (e.g., through sharecropping, or arresting them for "loitering" and other minor/nonexistent crimes and forcing them to work as their sentence) precisely because that system continued to be extremely profitable. Slavery still exists worldwide because, again, it continues to be profitable. Legislation and enforcement, not economics, are why slavery became less common. (It IS, however, true that European countries generally only industrialized after they abolished serfdom, because it freed up a large new labour source to work in the city factories.)
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