For some, the period of modern slavery seems like forever ago. It not only was not that long ago, but we have modern testimony to its history.

Courtesy of Berkeley Blog

Please spend some time sitting with the video below and take a few minutes to write down your immediate reflections and reactions. This video is from a 1999 ABC News story on slavery in the United States as a recent phenomenon.

To get a picture of the temporal picture of enslavement, take a look at this interactive timeline created at Berkeley. It is a well-researched version of the timeline above.

As you read Gomez’s chapter, I want you to consider what the following terms have to do with the institution of slavery. Use these terms to help you organize your reading and note-taking:

1.Labor

2.Land

3.Law

4.Religion

5. Family