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London, Sept 13: Bob Dylan has lashed out at America claiming that the country will never be able to rid the shame of being "founded on the back of slaves."

The legendary singer said that the stigma of slavery has ruined America, and he doubts the country will ever recover from it.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he continued that the people of America are "at each other's throats just because they are of a different color."

He added that "it will hold any nation back" and black people know that some whites "didn't want to give up slavery."

"If slavery had been given up in a more peaceful way, America would be far ahead today," the Daily Mail quoted him as telling the publication.

Slavery was finally abolished in America in 1865 after years of conflict between the north and the south over the law.

Slave labour existed in America from an early colonial period and it was not until after the American Revolution (from 1775 to 1783), that all northern states in the country abolished slavery.

But the slave trade increased in the south after the expansion of the cotton industry in 1800 and southern businessman were determined to hold on to their cheap labour.

The international import or export of slaves became illegal under US law in 1807 but by the 1850s the South was vigorously defending slavery.

In 1861, eleven slave states broke away to form the Confederate States of America, leading to the American Civil War, which ended in 1865 freeing the slaves. (ANI)

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