Day 6/67 of GED in 5 months, serfs vs. slaves

Critical thinking for Human Community

Adulting is about getting better and better at distinguishing fine details, and understanding why those details are important. One of the key details of Phase I of the Four Freedoms movementis the Adultingskill of finding information on local laws that affect your status, like a serf being free after one year and a day in a city.

What, if you can remember (or ever learned), is the difference between a serf and a slave?

Day 6 Lesson Plan:

Khan Academy

that/which, who/whom

Khan Academy fractions , Day 1 of 3
Day 6 ExitSlips

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Action Items:

1.) Search your local public library’s online catalogue for books on the European Middle Ages.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on what serfdom was, and what it might have been like to live…

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4 thoughts on “Day 6/67 of GED in 5 months, serfs vs. slaves”

  1. Thank you for sharing this lesson, Ned.
    I found it particularly galling when descendants of slave owners would compare indentured servitude, serfdom, or even the Roman era slavery to what happened in the United States, with no understanding of the differences whatsoever. So, I tried to make sure that at least my students understood some of the differences.

    1. Thank you, Ned.
      At least I can do that, here. The hatred I saw when I was slavery project coordinator elsewhere was frustrating, and I kept getting shouted down, even by the “leaders,” so I hope that this at least counters some of that narrative.

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