Ancient Egyptian Slavery
In ancient Egypt a slave was defined as person kept in servitude as property of a person or household. In Egyptian society you would keep your civil rights even though you were a slave. In Egypt it was the master’s duties to take care of the slaves and treat them right. Because it was part of the master’s duties at times slaves would have a higher status and better living than free people.
In ancient Egypt there were different types of slaves and different was to become a slave. Person would become an indentured servant if he or she owed a debt. People also became indentured servant to escape poverty and to gain status. A person could also become ...view middle of the document...
If a slave had high sought-after craft like cooking, the slave was usually treated great and better than some free people. Slave masters would often time have their cooks compete against each other to determine who had the better slave.
United States Slavery
In the earliest form of the United States there was not any slavery, but there were indentured servants. Indentured servants worked four to seven years of labor to get passage to the colonies. The indentured servants work was harsh and some did not survive, but if a person did survive and complete their contract the indentured servant would receive freedom dues. Freedom dues usually consisted of land, food, a weapon, and new clothes. There were also black indentured servants and they were treated the exact same way as white indentured servants.
Over time indentured servant became more and more unprofitable, so colonist moved towards African slaves for labor. African slave labor was more profitable because they did not have to pay and could always get more slaves. As the slave trade became more profitable the colonies started to recognize slavery legally. Massachusetts and Virginia became to the first recognize slavery. In Virginia it was decided that children could be born a slave if the mother was a slave. Virginia also ruled non-Christian who were black and Native Americans shall become real estate.
Slavery at Full Force and Rights
As slavery became the norm, colonies started to make official slave laws to protect the masters. Slaves were considered property under law, so the master could sell the slave or lease the slave. The master could also get...