parents1 asks:

how did slavery start?

In Topics: Helping my child with social studies / history
> 60 days ago



Allyn Anderson
Dec 31, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Slavery is as old as civilization itself. It dates back before recorded history --- in the earliest days of this world's civilizations. It was a way to get the labor needed to complete the often difficult and time consuming daily tasks.

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JSorrentino writes:
People have been enslaving each other for thousands of years. It most likely began as "forced servitude" for the purposes of labor. For example, in the United States, Africans slaves were sent to build infrastructure, clear forests, and plant crops at the beginning of this nation's history.

The really interesting part, and the part that your child will most likely be learning about in school, is how slavery came to be legally (and later socially) abolished in this country.

For more on that, check out the page we devoted to Black History. There you will find articles on famous events and historical figures, as well as crafts and activities about the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. Don't forget to take the quiz at the end with your child and test your knowledge!

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