Unformatted text preview: free to continue their lives. In real life, the distinction between slavery and indentured servitude often blurred. Some people treated their servants as basically slaves, beating and threating them, forcing them to work long hours and perform backbreaking work. Others held up their contract admirably and treated their servants well. By contrast, slavery was the formal ownership of persons by an individual. Enslaved people had no rights and were considered their owner's property, rather than human beings. They could therefore be killed legally, for no reason whatsoever, or abused however their master saw fit. Slaves were basically slaves for life, unless their master saw fit to free them (if this was even legal, in various times and places it was not)....
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