Receipt for Slave Girl, Cuneiform tablet

This small clay tablet is a receipt written in an ancient text called cuneiform. These wedge-shaped characters were used in the first writing systems in the world. In particular, this one is from the time of Cambyses II, ruler of Babylon. It is a receipt for the sale...

A Girl in American Slavery

Life for a slave was unsurprisingly hard. The children of slaves were born into slavery themselves, and were considered property of the master from the moment they were born, not children as part of a family. They were often sold several times throughout their life,...

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