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Slaves/servants have been around from pretty much the beginning of time. People tend to overlook that and only see the US as being the starter or slavery.A question for my American friends, in the vein of what @wasmewasntit has been saying. Until just over 150 years ago, until 1865, if you had the cash you could go to a slave market and buy a woman, a man or a child away from his/her parents. You could keep them in servitude, and sell them if you pleased. This system was supported by most of the founding fathers (good on slave owner Ben Franklin for changing and proposing an end to slavery. He failed, of course).
One of the triggers of the Civil War was the expansion of slavery into the newly subjugated lands of the west. There was a great controversy over whether slavery would expand, just 157 years ago. That isn't ancient history.
My country, Canada, joined its British masters in supporting the Confederate slave society, by the way, even allowing Confederate cavalry to launch attacks from my hometown into northern Vermont. The much weaker US with cheap cotton a southern victory would have produced was very attractive to foreign powers at the time. So it's not from a position of righteousness I'm asking - we were conquering independent first nations and grabbing land too.
So prior to 1865, was the US a free country in your analysis?