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Last Countries to Abolish Slavery
Name every country to abolish slavery later than 1900.
Some of these countries no longer exist.
Last updated: October 15, 2018
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United Arab Emirates
Dec 2, 2013
This was more challenging than I thought it would be.
Dec 3, 2013
I think it helps to try and think of every place that was not colonized by Europeans from the 17th-19th centuries- which was pretty much the entire world. Because in the 19th century it became trendy amongst European powers to ban the practice, including in their overseas territories. and then slowly the rest of the world caught up, sometimes begrudgingly, usually under European or American pressure. I know here in Saudi Arabia many people feel that banning slavery is un-Islamic and that they should still be practicing it (and practically speaking, they do, they just call it by a different name or do so in secret), but to help appease their important trading partners the USA, slavery was officially banned in 1962. If not for outside influence I'm sure that it would still officially be legal here.
Feb 17, 2014
You scored 15/21 = 71%. This beats or equals 95.0% of test takers. Not bad, but how come there so many middle eastern countries on the list?
Feb 19, 2014
Because they were among the last to abolish slavery.
As mentioned above, this is mostly a list of countries that were not colonized by Europe prior to 1900. The Arabian peninsula fit that bill because, prior to the discovery of oil there in the 1930s, nobody gave a crap about the Arabian peninsula. It's mostly useless desert. Slavery was allowed to persist in Arabia, an important facet of Arab culture enshrined in and supported by Islam, independent of emancipation movements in the Western world, because of this fact. Once Westerners began trading with these countries they started to put pressure on them to abolish slavery.
Apr 7, 2014
What source do you get this from? I'm especially surprised by Germany being on that list. As far as I know, there has never really been slavery in Germany itself. Of course, Germany briefly had colonies, but that was no longer a problem after 1918. Then, there was serfdom, but that was abolished in 1848 in Austria, one of the very last German states to do so. I'm assuming you're counting forced labour under the Nazis as slavery, but that's really different, because it never was Human beings owning other Human beings. It was, no doubt, a particularly wrong and inhumane treatment, but I don't think you can equate it with slavery.
Apr 7, 2014
Abolition of Slavery timeline
There used to be a bit on that page about the forced labor in Germany and Japan being ended after World War 2. Someone who agreed with you must have come along later and deleted it.
May 16, 2015
And... slavery can also be defined as compelling people to work without compensation, while denying them freedom of movement and other basic rights, which of course the Nazis and Japanese did (not to mention far worse). It doesn't necessarily have to be one person owning another person, though that is one definition.
May 23, 2015
Mauritania doesn't act like she abolished slavery though.
May 23, 2015
Many of these places still practice slavery, either through institutions or work programs that amount to basically the same thing (similar to how Slavery persisted in a way in the American South in the form of sharecropping and various Jim Crow laws), or else underground and in secret. But the dates above are when slavery was officially made illegal. Enforcement and culture often lag behind legal reforms.
Nov 5, 2017
no Union of South Africa, wew
Nov 19, 2017
You should not include Niger in this list. It became indipendent in 1960.
Nov 20, 2017
yeah... and it abolished slavery that same year.
Nov 20, 2017
It's a little bit complicated. As a French dependency there was a policy by the French at the colonial/imperial level that slavery should be abolished, but it was up to the local administrators to implement this policy and most of them did not. Many said it was impossible and didn't try. Others looked the other way while claiming to do something. The French even accepted slaves from Niger as soldiers during WW1. At best French governance did some work toward stamping out slave trafficking in the country.
Following independence slavery was officially abolished throughout Niger. But there was a similar problem with many administrators looking the other way and allowing it to continue in practice. It wasn't until 2003 that slavery was specifically criminalized.
Sep 23, 2018
I deleted my quiz. I didn't realize they were so similar. I did not intend to step on anyone's toes.
Sep 23, 2018
It's not a big deal. But there are so many user quizzes now it's worth trying to search before authoring a new one.
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