What is a slave?

This lesson provides an introduction and overview of the history of slavery. It aims to help students understand not only the origins of slavery, but the difference between a wage earner and a slave and why slavery was eventually abolished. Now this might seem like a lot to ask, but this lesson has been carefully crafted and field tested by experienced teachers. The lesson opens by explaining the origins of slavery in classical times. It them moves on to compare and contrast the rights and freedoms of slaves with serfs, indentured servants and finally wage earners. This is all linked into the wider context of British history and by default American history. The lesson then rounds off with a source analysis of Adam Smith’s comments about slavery and why it was expensive, inefficient and costly compared to employing wage earners. This helps to provide a broad overview within which you can then explore the topic of slavery and why it was eventually abolished.

This lesson is suitable for the full range of ability. However, I have produced a simpler card sort version which can be downloaded from my TES shop. When you purchase this resource you will be able to download a two page worksheet as well as a fourteen slide PowerPoint. The worksheet includes information, sources and activities. The PowerPoint includes aims, objectives, differentiated outcomes, starters, plenaries, templates, information slides, historical sources to support the lesson. Please see the detailed preview that I have uploaded.

The aims and objectives of this lesson are:

Theme: Rights & Freedoms
Know: What are the origins of slavery?
Understand: How has the way that people have been employed changed over time?
Evaluate: Why was slavery abolished?
Skills: Change & Continuity, Source Analysis, Cause, Consequence & Collaboration

WILF – What Am I Looking For?
Identify & describe: The origins of slavery and what is a slave?
Explain: What is the difference between a slave and a wage earner?
Analyse: Why was slavery abolished?

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Roy

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Created: Aug 25, 2019

Updated: Sep 10, 2019

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