Unit Test, Part 2: Global Interactions, c. 1450 C.E. to c. 1750 C.E.
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1. Unfree labor systems were widely used for agricultural production from 1450 to1750. Analyze the major similarities and differences between two of the following systems:
West African slavery
The unfree labor systems were very common from the years 1450 to 1750. Two of the systems of labor that were prominent in this time frame were the Caribbean slavery labor system and Russian serfdom. While both of these groups shared a few similarities, the differences were more significant between the Russian serfs and the Caribbean slaves in the years 1450 to 1750.
Both Caribbean slavery and Russian serfdom were similar in the sense that they were both purchased and sold by slave traders. These systems were not anything like indentured servants. Indentured servants worked under a contract by their own will. The Caribbean slaves and the Russian serfs were bought and sold against their own free will. Unfree labor systems were designed to help the owners who needed quick, cheap labor. Also, a lack liberalization in the societies in which the labor systems were installed. This was why the labor systems were not free. The deep-seated weakness of the slaves, serfs, and just their general class status were noted as property that could be inherited from one generation to the next. However, even though these two labor systems share some similarities, there are a few differences between these two.
There are a few similarities that Russian serfdom and Caribbean slavery share. Both the serfs and the slaves were punished in the same fashion, they both shared the laborious work, and of course the lack of rights they both were deprived of. The Russian slaves and the Caribbean serfs were both reprimanded by corporal punishment. The slaves and serfs were both