control of the master, as the other members of the family.
Domestic slavery, therefore, is one of the forms of the general
system of slavery.
The system has existed under various forms.
The ancient system of villanage in England
, of serfdom in Russia
, the peon system of Mexico
, as well as domestic slavery in the United States
, are all examples of slavery proper.
This leads us to remark that the terms master
are not only abstract but general abstract
, because the abstract ideas they convey are common to each of these conditions.
Each of these systems is pervaded by generic principles or ideas, which classify the whole as belonging to the same genus — system of slavery.
The abstract principle of slavery is therefore the general idea, which is enveloped alike in each and every form or system of slavery.
Hence, as the abstract idea of master is governing by one's own will, and that of slave is submission or subjection to such control; and as a system of slavery is a condition into which these ideas enter in correlation — it follows that the abstract principle of slavery is the general principle of submission or subjection to control by the will of another
. This is the fundamental idea which is common to every form of slavery.
No condition into which this does not enter as a fundamental idea is a state of slavery.