Compare and contrast slavery in Europe and the Americas.Compare and contrast slavery in Europe and the Americas.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I agree with poster 2 that there were slaves the same race as their masters in medieval Europe. The question does not state a time period. Later on, Europe relied heavily on slaves in America. So you could say that Europe was not directly involved once there were slaves in America. Indentured servants were also slaves, and they were the same race as their masters in America.
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All systems of slavery everywhere are similar in one way -- they all force certain people to work for others without pay and without really having any control over their own lives.  So the systems in Europe and America were similar in that way.

But the systems in the two areas were very different in other ways.  Here are two important differences:

  • Slavery in the Americas was racial whereas slavery in Europe was not.  Slaves in Europe (better known as serfs) were the same race as the people who owned them.  In the Americas, slavery and race were tied up with one another.
  • Slaves in Europe were tied to the land while slaves in the Americas were personal property.  The European serfs came along with a certain piece of land.  They could not be sold to some other estate somewhere else -- they had to stay with the land.  Slaves in the Americas were the personal property of their owners and could be sold or moved as the owner wished.
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tara994 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

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All systems of slavery everywhere are similar in one way -- they all force certain people to work for others without pay and without really having any control over their own lives.  So the systems in Europe and America were similar in that way.

But the systems in the two areas were very different in other ways.  Here are two important differences:

  • Slavery in the Americas was racial whereas slavery in Europe was not.  Slaves in Europe (better known as serfs) were the same race as the people who owned them.  In the Americas, slavery and race were tied up with one another.
  • Slaves in Europe were tied to the land while slaves in the Americas were personal property.  The European serfs came along with a certain piece of land.  They could not be sold to some other estate somewhere else -- they had to stay with the land.  Slaves in the Americas were the personal property of their owners and could be sold or moved as the owner wished.

thanks for your answer, can u plz compare these 2 with slavary in Muslim empire too?

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