A Comparative Analysis of Violence in Slave Societies

The institution of slavery has existed across many societies in human history. In this article, we will investigate, compare, and contrast the centrality of violence to the institution of slavery by examining six different slave societies throughout history. These include Ancient Roman slavery, North American slavery, Native American slavery, Caribbean slavery, Brazilian slavery, and modern day Southeast Asian Slavery.

Painting: Slave Trade by John Raphael Smith (1791) — Image from Yale University