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

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 movement is the Adulting skill 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

(Day 5Day 7)

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 in Europe as a serf at that time, and how it was different from being a slave.

4.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, and please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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

    1. Essentially true: they could not be sold, but they also could not leave that land, unless they managed to make it to a town, and remain free for a year and a day.

      They also had rights tied to the feudal obligations of protection from their local lord.

      Hence “the air of a town makes one free.”

      Quite different from slavery in it’s

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  1. That’s an interesting thought about adulting. I’m not sure if I’ve heard it expressed that way. I just copy/pasted it to the Slack channel I use to keep assorted resources and thoughts in—in my adulting “channel”—to reflect more on that.

    My understanding of the difference between slaves and serfs is that slavery is about forcing labor and lifestyle via laws & societal structures; serfdom is about finance/obligation-based indenture. Different but overlapping structures, with both causing enormous suffering.

    After a quick google, I see that serfdom is very land-based.

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    1. Serfdom is part of the feudal structure, which (in Europe) no longer exists, but yet, was very much land-based. It comes from a completely agrarian time that was forced by industrialization and the Enclosure Movement to change.

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