Of course it's not to any decent extent, of what we want or rather need, but it was the first baby step, and now they want to cut off its itsy bitsy toes.
As far as throwing slavery into the mix, it IS the mix, and I can say that from experience, of living 4 slavery-free years in Paris.
It is never taught in the schools, so Americans (of the Northern persuasion that is) will have to come individually to their own epiphany, on which I base my comment, that our country's entire charter, from its deep state, the real deal, was: "It's about the slavery, stupid." Or we might update our fellow citizens, "It's about the (slave) economy, stupid!". To expand on Bubba's slogan.
In 1772, Lord Mansfield of the King's Bench court in London, heard the case of Somerset v. Stewart. Stewart, a slaver, had apprehended Somerset in England and was going to "return" him to his shackles in So. Carolina, if memory serves. But British abolitionists got an Injunction and the case was heard.
After a very long deliberation, Lord Mansfield said that he found no precedent in English common law or cases that permitted the appropriation of human beings as chattel. He opined that such a thing could only be created by positive law, i.e., an act of Parliament. And that wasn't about to happen. He wrote his decision famously, "The air of England is too pure for a slave to breathe."
The wheels were set in motion to end slavery in the colonies, by extension of his judgment.
Within a NY minute of the news crossing "The Pond" the eventual signers of the Constitution, all but a handful slave owners and rich, locked arms in revolt against the tax, not on Tea, that was the cosmetic cover, but on labor.
What civilized countries would call "wages" or, more proactively, "a paycheck".
If you consider the way GOP spins everything they do to look principled and righteous, you'll see that the spin back then was really just the same, all too familiar.
And it is that Slavery Jones of our rich folk that is currently suffering a full relapse!
You see, unlike civilized countries, our fat cats just can't kick the slaver habit, they just reinvent it, and it shadows everything we've done.
The prosecution rests its case.....
(Cue Law and Order Meme music motif.)
"Man wouldn't pay you if he didn't have to.". -Chris Rock
"Oh yes, I say it plain,
America never was
America to me.
And yet I swear this oath,
America shall be."