COMPARITAVE SLAVERY; A STUDY OF THE STRUCTURE OF THE SLAVERY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN ANCIENT EGYPT WITH THAT OF AFRICAN PEOPLES IN EUROPE AND THE NEW WORLD.
by Michael Frank.
A paper presented on a comparative study of the structure of the slavery of the Jewish people by the Egyptians in Biblical times with that of the structure of the slavery of the African people by Western countries beginning in the 15th century C.E.
It is this author's intent to focus on the structures of these institutions, the mechanics as it were, of the enslavements and how they were established. Of how one people becomes enslaved by another through institutional structures. What the social and political effects were on the enslaved and on the enslavers, and how those structures toppled.
The chapters in this paper are arranged chronologically, therefore, Chapter 1 will deal with the issues surrounding the structure and enslavement of the ancient Jewish people by Egypt in Biblical times. Provide a good deal of the background of the conditions that led up to the enslavement of the Israelites and the social/political conditions that brought about a change in the status of the Israelites. We will, therefore, demonstrate how the condition of the Israelites changed over time from that of welcomed temporary-immigrant family, under Pharaoh Setti, to that of threat to the national wellbeing that must be suppressed through infanticide and enslavement, under Pharaoh Ramses I.
In chapter 2 we will explore the structure of the enslavement of Africans, beginning at around the 15th century C.E., and how the political, religious, and economic issues of that time demanded the enslavement of what was believed to be a savage near-people by the Europeans who enslaved them. Without excuse we will show how this enslavement almost had to occur in order for exploration of the "New World- to be economically feasible, commercially viable, and religiously acceptable in the "Old World.