the act of taking or holding someone as a slave: Until his death, Bartolomé de las Casas worked to prevent the enslavement of the Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean.
the state or condition of being held in slavery: During their enslavement, African Americans were prevented from learning to read or write.
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How to use enslavement in a sentence
In general, the status of a mother dictated her children’s status as free or enslaved.The enslaved families who went to court to win their freedom | Alison LaCroix | December 11, 2020 | Washington Post
Georgetown apologized, instituted an admissions boost to benefit descendants of the enslaved, and announced last year that the school would fund community initiatives that would benefit descendants.Johns Hopkins, benefactor of namesake hospital and university, was an enslaver | Nick Anderson, Lauren Lumpkin, Susan Svrluga | December 9, 2020 | Washington Post
Here it is a century later, being served in West London to the descendents of those enslaved and indentured people of the West Indies.A Restaurateur Reluctantly Becomes a Civil Rights Leader in Steve McQueen’s Brilliant ‘Mangrove’ | Joshua David Stein | December 2, 2020 | Eater
There are hopes for archaeological research to uncover more about the enslaved peoples’ dwellings.The 10th president’s last surviving grandson: A bridge to the nation’s complicated past | Gillian Brockell | November 29, 2020 | Washington Post
The Jesuits were among the biggest planters in Maryland, Rothman has written, and historians have long known that the work of those they enslaved helped maintain and preserve institutions such as what was then Georgetown College.Former Jesuit plantation may hold quarters of the enslaved | Michael Ruane | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
Unleashing this plague upon humanity, Yakub initiated the decline and eventual enslavement of the Original Man.
He also recognizes that just as there cannot be absolute freedom, he sees there cannot also be absolute enslavement.Susan Minot on Africa, Joseph Kony, and the Limits of Writing About Love | Lea Carpenter | February 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Many of the most important early Christians were women who joined the church to escape a lifetime of near enslavement in marriage.12 Ways Catholicism is More Radical Than Pope Francis | Nathan Schneider | February 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even then, it would be a far cry from enslavement, where everything produced is stolen by an outside power.
Any attempt to encroach on it, even by an iota, will ultimately lead to our enslavement by a federal tyranny.Gun-Control Foes Misunderstand the Intent of the Second Amendment | Jack Schwartz | December 18, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet we read of no great destruction or enslavement or migration of the Chanes resulting from the Nahua victory.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 5 | Hubert Howe Bancroft
But the Church helped the further enslavement of the workers.
I execrate the enslavement of the mind of our young children by the ecclesiastics.
Think of the irony and tragedy of this self-enslavement of the human mind!
We are considering the subject of the enslavement of the African race in this Republic.The Right of American Slavery | True Worthy Hoit