Dbq on Slavery

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DIRECTIONS: Compose a thesis controlled essay answering the following question based on YOUR analysis of the documents provided below. Take into account both the sources of the documents and the point of view of the authors. DO NOT SIMPLY WRITE A SUMMARY OF EACH INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENT. THE QUESTION:

What was the scope and the attitude of people toward the institution of slavery in the world from the beginning of civilization to the dawn of modern times? Note to the wise: Look at the content of the documents, the place at which the document originated, and the time at which the document was written. Also consider who wrote the document and how that individual feels about the institution of slavery. Document 1

The Judgements of Hammurabi (1792-1750 B.C.E.) Mesopotamia| If a man has contracted a debt, and has given his wife, his son, his daughter for silver and for labor, three years they shall serve in the house of their purchaser or bondsmaster, in the fourth year they shall regain their original condition.| Document 2

St. Paul from his letter to the Ephesians in the Christian Bible (verses 5-9. First Century C.E.) Paul is a Roman citizen writing to friends who live in Greece.| Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling. Masters are urged to stop threatening slaves for you know that both you and the slave have the same Master in Heaven, and with him there is no partiality.| Document 3

The Sacred Law of Hindu dharma (dharma=law that governs the universe), The Laws of Manu. Written between the first century B.C.E. and the second century C.E. in India| A wife, a son, and a slave, these three are declared to have no property, the wealth which they earn is acquired for him to whom they belong.|

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C.M. Wilbur. Author of the book "Slavery in China During the Han Dynasty" (206 B.C.E. -- 220 C.E.)| Slaves were used in a wide range of occupations in farming, food and handicraft industries, commerce, and...
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