I was discussing the relative benevolence of the Southern "Massa" to his slaves with my Dad last week. He told me that his grandfather, a Confederate Veteran, Redshirt, and Judge, used to climb a tall tree before he would visit the only family in their area that mistreated their slaves. From that vantage point he could see what was happening on the grounds.
Also, while at the library tonite doing research on another project, I came across a 1972 New York Times article about the pygmies of central Africa that are enslaved by the other Africans. I will try to scan the horrible copies that I made from the microfilm and post it here.
I consider it pertinent to the "reparations" debate.