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slave labor

persons, especially a large group, performing labor under duress or threats, as prisoners in a concentration camp; a labor force of slaves or slavelike prisoners.
labor done by slaves.
any coerced or poorly remunerated work:
Typing at that salary is slave labor.
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slave-labor, adjective Unabridged
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  • Under the New System, such troublemakers were banished to the slave-labor details of the precious-earth mines to the North.

    Blind Spot Bascom Jones
  • Well, I hoped never to eat a supper procured by slave-labor.

    Left on Labrador Charles Asbury Stephens
  • Cotton factories had sprung up on every hand, and it was believed that slave-labor was essential to the producing of cotton.

  • They nearly all continued to trade with the South, and to use the products of slave-labor.

    The Grimk Sisters Catherine H. Birney
  • It was impossible for a man so thinking to look with favor upon the slave-labor system of the South.

    Stephen A. Douglas Allen Johnson
  • He was the political economist of the slave-labor system, as Calhoun was its political scientist and constitutional lawyer.

    The Middle Period 1817-1858 John William Burgess
  • As a farmer he was unusually successful, making agriculture lucrative even with slave-labor.

  • He was a man in humble circumstances, trying to increase his small fortune by slave-labor.

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • There is a great demand for slaves in the Southern and South-western States, because slave-labor is very profitable there.

    Slavery and the Constitution William Ingersoll Bowditch
  • But free labor to-day differs from serf-labor and slave-labor only in that it has a legal right to contract.

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