Compare and contrast slavery in Europe and in the Americas.

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I'm assuming this question is discussing serfdom and the peasantry. The other Educators have already discussed some substantial differences: serfdom, as brutal as it may have been, was never couched in racial terms. In addition, while tied to the land, serfs were never understood as the personal property of their owners the way slaves were.

What no one has spoken on so far is the role of religion as it existed in both the medieval European and the American context. In this case, we could note that both serfs and slaves had a very rich and powerful spiritual life, typically grounded in Christianity. Indeed, Christianity as a religion tends to be very powerful among the oppressed (often due to oppressors requiring them to convert to Christianity), but the medieval church had far greater coercive power as an institution than any slave churches would have wielded, and it did use that...

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