1. India has the largest slave population in the modern world with over 14 million slaves.
  2. Ancient Romans celebrated "Saturnalia", a festival in which slaves and their masters would switch places.
  3. Benjamin Franklin attempted to abolish slavery already in 1790.
  4. America's first slave owner was a black man.
  5. Part of the White House was built by slaves.
  6. The concept behind the word "cool" might come from the African word "itutu", brought to America by slavery.
  7. The pyramids were built by paid laborers. Not slaves. That's a myth by Herodotus, the Greek historian.
  8. There are species of ants that enslave other ants.
  9. Slavery was not made a statutory offense in the UK until April 6, 2010.
  10. Mississippi didn't ratify the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery, until 2013.
  11. Slavery was abolished in Saudi Arabia and Yemen as recently as 1962.
  12. Ancient Greeks and Romans often bought slaves with salt.
  13. About 4 million slaves were taken from Africa to Brazil, about 40% of all in the Americas.
  14. Over a million Europeans were captured and sold as slaves to North Africa between 1530 and 1780.
  15. Most Romans avoided being cruel to slaves. They used bonuses and branding to improve productivity, just like modern employers.
  16. Before publishing "Don Quixote," Cervantes was captured and kept as slave for 5 years in Algiers. A ransom was paid by his parents.
  17. A former
    slave ship captain
    wrote the song
    "Amazing Grace."
  18. Richard Johnson, the 9th Vice-President of the U.S., openly treated an African-American woman as his wife, although legally she was his slave.
  19. There are more people in slavery today than at any time in human history.
  20. By 1850, American slaves were worth US$1.3 billion, one-fifth of the nation's wealth.
  21. In 1833, Britain used 40% of its national budget to buy freedom for all slaves in the Empire.
  22. Modern versions of enslavement are estimated to trap about 45 million people worldwide.
  23. A London couple kept a man from Nigeria as their slave for 24 years before he finally escaped. They were finally arrested and sentenced to 6 years in prison in 2015.
  24. In Missouri during the 1860s, a "snowflake" was a person who was opposed to the abolition of slavery.
  25. James Buchanan, the 15th U.S. President, was morally opposed to slavery, but believed it was protected by the Constitution, so he continuously brought slaves with his own money in order to free them.
  26. In 1860 there were 4 million slaves in the U.S.
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