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Explain the advantages and disadvantages of being either a field slave or a house servant. In your response be sure to consider gender, age, geographic region, and which system of labor your forced to endure (task or gang) based on crops cultivated on you

Slaves versus House Servants

Slavery had been an old trade . It has been practiced since the time trade itself has taken place . The most common regions known for this inhuman practice are South Africa USA . In fact USA had been known for it for years . The people were enslaved and bought by business men going to South Africa . That 's why sometimes it is also said that slavery is as old as civilization . Slavery was a common practice in ancient China Mesopotamia , Greece , Rome , and elsewhere . Slave caravans were common sights in

East Africa and the Sahara

Europeans brought simple manufactured goods , especially guns , to Africa to exchange for slaves slaves were in turn brought to work the plantations of the Caribbean , and the United States

However , no trade in slaves was more extensive or more brutal that the transatlantic trade that took place between the mid-15th and mid-19th centuries . Most of the slaves during this period were destined for the America

Thus depriving them of their basic right of freedom and enslaving them to feed them like a dog and get the work done on time like a donkey

The servants however , were better off in most of the cases as compared to a house field slave

The slaves , for example , were always deprived of not only the normal human wants but the necessities of life as well . They weren 't given new clothes to wear and had to suffice on the piece of cloth they had on their bodies despite the wear and tear due to the heavy work they were made to do . They had to fulfill their hunger with whatever amount and whichever thing they were given to eat . The house maiden use to spit into the left over food that was to be given to the slaves to make it look worse

Whereas the servants had the same left over (house cooked ) food that their employers had in for their meal . The servants were given the old clothes of the family to wear . So a lot of times they had better clothing

The living accommodation of the servants was also better than that of the slaves . There are many cases where the servants were treated like the house owners children and received affection and were taken good care of . Thus as a result what happened is that close bonds of affection and friendship usually developed between the servant and the master Most of the times , the servant was also provided education by the house family members

As for the slaves , despite several years of humble service they seldom received any mercy . In very rare cases , even though it was illegal , some slave owners were kind enough to treat their slaves as humans . Trusted house slaves who had been serving through out their life to the master /or his family were sometimes promised their freedom when their master 's died . However , there are many cases where this promise was never kept afterwards

Thus slaves lived a...

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