Ladies and gentlemen of the seventh grade: you will be taking part in one of the biggest debates in the history of the United States. This issue divided states and drove this great country to war claiming hundreds of thousands of lives. States and families fought against each other over the issue of slavery. Your task is to understand how people throughout time have justified slavery based on the economic system in which they lived. You are going to look at slavery from the height of the Roman Empire, and in nineteenth-century United States.


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