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Because in the 17th century, people followed the New Testament closely. Several passages support slavery. For example, in Ephesians 6:5-9: Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ and in Matthew 18:25: But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded that he be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

It was not considered evil; it was in The Bible

Also, slavery had always been a source of cheap labor. It always has been and always will be.

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Q: Why was slavery excepted back in the 17th century and not today?
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