Do people learn about other than black slaves in school?

I'm wondering if children in the US get to learn about other slaves than the black one too in school. Why I ask this weird question is because of I hears a lot of Americans discussing the black slave trade, but not other slavery trades.

Romans and Greeks had slaves of different "races", the vikings from Scandinavia had mostly British as slaves who were mostly whites like themselves, blacks in Africa had other blacks as slaves, Middle-eastern had both white and brown people as slave etc. I think some people in the African-American community have forgotten that white people from North and West-Europe were slaves in the middle-east and that not only blacks were slaves in the past. Slavery has existed everywhere. Every races has owned slaves and been slaves. We hears about white and European-guilt, but not about black-guilt or any other racial guilt.

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White vikings selling a white girl to Persians and Arabs
White vikings selling a white girl to Persians and Arabs
Middle-eastern buying a white girl as a slave
Middle-eastern buying a white girl as a slave

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  • People in the US barely learn about black slaves and tend to want to ignore that part of history anyway so my answer to your question good sir is a hell to the no.

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    • Why do I hear Americans discussing the black slave trade a lot, but not the other ones?

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      @Stripes99 a lot of people don’t know about Jewish involvement in the slave trade.

  • I see what you're trying to do... 🤔🤔🤔🤔

    Yes, slavery is wrong overall, but you know how many Africans died because of slavery?
    Do you know that the effects of slavery are still present in the lives of Africans and people of African descent?
    Do you know why the African continent has so many problems today?

    Maybe next time you should think and read some books before posting a question like this one and saying things like: "We hears about white and European-guilt, but not about black-guilt or any other racial guilt."

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      1. Roughly 115 million, and about 100 million of those were from the Muslims.
      2. Yes, and they should be thanking Whites for their increased standards of living from their ancestors being enslaved by Whites instead of Arabs or African warlords.
      3. Yes, low average IQs, too much tribal diversity, and socialism.

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      @hakon96 who cares if something is racist? What matters is if it’s true.

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      Yeah I agree, but my point is that she is never going to realise that

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  • Slavery has existed for long periods throughout history but the black slave trade was a little different from the other instances the only type of slavery that was racially specific and it is also the most recent and the end of slavery as well
    For those reasons it is the slavery most talked about
    And a side note Vikings had thralls which has a few minor differences to slaves

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    • What's the difference between thralls and slaves?

    • Thralldom was individual
      A thrall's children were not property where a slaves was that would be the major difference they were also typically not bought and sold but I suppose that just wasn't the norm more than related to their status

  • In my school district you don't learn about American slavery until the fourth grade (state history), and they make it pretty clear it's a race issue. After that you touch on it in 7th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades for American History/Government classes.

    Learning about non-black slaves can take place in Latin (the language) classes offered from 7th to 12th grade but with very few students (less than 30 per year in thecounty). Some teachers mention it in 9th grade world history but for the most part it's ignored.

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      It's not a very nuanced way they're teaching history. Slavery is obviously not a racial issue itself. Yes, the slaves in the US experienced racism - but in most cases slaves in other places in the world didn't.

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      The way it is presented in the high schools implies that for economic reasons blacks were brought from North West Africa and sold as slaves in a white country. The schools for younger people only really talk about race issues.

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      The high schools are slightly better though. It's a good thing they're mentioning the economical reasons things, since most slavery trades in the world were mostly an economical thing and to benefit the wealthiest people. People wanted slaves to do shitty work for them without paying wages.

      People shouldn't be teach slavery is a racial issue. They should rather teach them that racism did happen in the US's case, but that usually people were willingly to take anyone as their slaves and that people took people who looked like them as slaves too. Whites had white slaves and blacks had black slaves. Slavery isn't a racial issue, but a racial issue happen after Americans had blacks as slaves for a long period.

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  • I am not from the US but as much as I can remeber from history lessons, we learned about slavery of people from different races, from our own to white, from Mid-Eastern to African. I agree and disagree to your point "We hears about white and European-guilt, but not about black-guilt or any other racial guilt." It was like that in the past but right now not very much because white people are tired because of being called evil so they mention other crimes as well.

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  • ofccc, i think its general knowledge that slavery's been a common theme all throughout history and wasn't just started with the atlantic slave trade

    but black slaves are just more recent and its effects still carry through till today, thats why its talked about more

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  • It’s loosely discussed in
    specific World History courses. But other than that we just focus on native and African slavery because like any other country, we learn about our own history more so than others.

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  • I remember them briefly mentioning other slaves, like Irish, and also basically how when countries warred in the past, the losers sometimes became slaves. But they definitely did talk more about African enslavement.

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  • I learned about the Irish, Chinese, Philippine, Indian, Persian, African, Puerto Rican, Haitian and Hawaiian slaves in history class... I’m from the United State and took public schooling classes.

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      It's good they gave you a nuanced view on it.

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      I’m not complaining. My field is in Sustainability and communications. I’ll let you keep an intensive knowledge on the history of slavery. Maybe your intensive knowledge will help you when focus on saving the child labors and $1 a day workers around the world today.

  • Well we didn’t really dive into slavery that much in elementary school but we did learn about slavery in the south and important people during the civil war. In middle school we learned a lot more European history but we skimmed over slave in Rome. I learned a lot more about slavery around the world during 9th grade.

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  • In my social studies classes there has generally been more emphasis on black slavery but in world history yes, we did learn about slaves of other races.

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  • It’s because blacks were treated more harshly then anyone else and were literally killed and forced into it all their lives. Also it was more recent and far more controversial. Please stay educated honey

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      Blacks weren't always treated worse than other people in slavery. Other slaves were also forced to work hard, get raped, beaten, severely punished etc. Greek slaves could be forced to work in the mines and the slaves in ancient Rome who participated in the Spartacus riot were crucified. It could take days before you died on the cross. Crucifixion may be worse than the gallows too.

  • I’m taking Latin as my language course in school and part of the focus of our class was learning about Greek and Roman slavery and comparing it to American slavery

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  • No we don’t. Also there would be no reason to have “black guilt” when your own race was getting killed because they were black. That was dumb.

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    • ? I feel like this was supposed to be a coherent thought, but it is so fractured it makes no sense to me. Please elaborate so people can understand what your thinking properly?

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      It’s a copypasta poking fun at Afrocentrists lmao

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      Dumb. No one black should waste a breath with you. I like how you mention the dead kid too. N also the guy who got choked to death for being black. Yea. ha ha.

  • From my experience i didn't really learn much about other type of slaves then just the US the only other was Egyptian slaves.

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  • Although im not American but instead a fellow scandinavian, I remember learning about white slaves (that the vikings had) long before i knew about the black slavery trade

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  • No when I was in school all we learned about was US history and some world history mainly focusing on things that directly or indirectly affected us

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    • In schools in Norway we learns about the history in Europe and the US in addition to the world wars, colonization period etc. We don't get to learn much about Asia and Africa, but we get to learn that slavery isn't a racial thing.

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    • @spartan55, I'm agree. It's not only the public education system in America that's poor, but also the healthcare system. Most things in the US is all about money. Things are expensive.

    • I am a public school product and I feel like I received a pretty good education. But I also grew up in a small town where the school systems tend to be better. Urban areas? Public school is usually horrible, and you can probably figure out why.

  • We learned about others slaves in France especially war prisoners used as slaves.

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  • I did, as well as serfs and indentured servants.

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  • Muslims started black slavery

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  • Yeah we Only learn about Black slaves and I Think its important to learn about all slaves. I mean most People wouldn't beleive that white People have been slaves but it's true. And we should learn about slaves today. It's horrific but their are slaves today

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  • It might be mentioned in passing, but it is certainly not discussed in any detail. But while there may be "political correctness" reasons that it isn't talked more about, there are some very practical reasons.

    The African slave trade was much larger and more industrialized than those that came before, and took a massive number of people far away from their homes, families, and cultures. The other reason is that it happened far more recently than those other events, and because of Jim Crow laws, the direct impact of African slavery was still strongly being felt into the early 1970s in the South. Plenty of people alive today experienced segregation and institutionalized discrimination, so it's a lot more relevant.

    I can understand why you might have a different perspective coming from a country that had little involvement in the African slave trade and thus, it is something that happened elsewhere and ended 300 years ago. But in the US and the Caribbean, the "end" was much more recent and the impact to society far greater.

    The good news is that things have improved massively in the last 50 years. It's not completely fixed, for sure, but I don't think people in '68 would have believed that it would be the way it is today, 50 years later.

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  • In my experience, through high high school, the focus was much more on U. S. history specifically. I think we covered world history a couple years, but even that just meant Europe or Asia, never anything really about Africa and South America besides what related to European colonization. Like we don’t even learn much about Canada, which I could drive to in three hours. Heard about fur trappers, and even that was in relation to their migration down into the US. No one loves America as much as America, lmao. To have our schools tell it, we are the center of the known universe.

    So in terms of slavery, we didn’t hear much about foreign slavery. Only really learned about American slavery, and in kind of a self-congratulating way, as if we were so progressive to put an end to it, and at younger ages, it was taught in a way where it seemed like slavery was the whole reason for the Civil War, when it was really kind of a secondary issue. They kind of ducked around how they got into slavery, no one wants to focus on that, it’s just “uhhh... we showed up on the Mayflower, we held hands and sang songs with the Indians, *cough* we killed a bunch with small pox and rifles *cough*... heyyyyy, look at that, George Washington! Great man... Revolutionary War! We win! USA! USA... annnndddd some more stuff happened... Abe Lincoln! Freed the slaves! Did we mention we had slaves! Yeah, but no worries, they’re free now, the white people heroically fought a war for you... But never mind that, let’s talk the Industrial Revolution! Look at how accepting we are of the immigrants from Europe and Africa! Oh wait, they’re all from Europe... Speaking of Europe! World War One! Did you hear America saved the day? And just in case you were still thinking about slavery, how about Adolf Hitler? Way worse, amirite? Well, we saved the world there too! What were black people doing? Errrrrr... well... they at least weren’t slaves anymore? We kind of cordoned them off into ghettos and they’re own separate schools... but I mean, we didn’t gas them in concentration camps like SOME PEOPLE... Soooo, how about that JFK guy? Pretty cool, hot wife too. Got shot though, bummer. Vietnam? Ehhhh, little bit of a skirmish, but we went to war and kicked ass. Well, our side lost, but we don’t really talk about that because we sent a lot of our young men over there to get geurrilla ambushed and a lot didn’t come back. Whoops. Wasn’t our fault though, USA is the fuckin’ best man...

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  • Nope, and for that matter you only learn about the mistreatment of blacks, Jews, and native Americans. They never bring up the mistreatment of Mexicans, Asians, or Pacific islanders. I occasionally have to explain to people that white people have been slaves too and it usually blows their mind.

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  • It is right to teach and learn as much as possible. That said, you generally begin with the things that affect you most. I think it's because of the size, recency, and relevance to the US. It is estimated that about 12 million Africans were shipped across the Atlantic in "the black one". That is more than 2 times the population of Norway! There has been many cases of genocide but we get to learn about the holocaust.

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    • "you generally begin with the things that affect you most"

      My history class started in the beginning of humankind. Going through the different ages throughout time chronologically.
      About old Mesopotamia, old Egypt, old Greek city states, Rome, and their slavery was taught with each of them.
      Expansion of the Roman empire and it's downfall, then about european history, the origin of my country and its history, and along that the colonialism in India and Africa, discovery of America, and it's becoming (slavery included again).
      All that in middle school.

    • @Sucram I honestly didn't get the point you're trying to make. In the statement you quoted, I don't mean the order for structuring curricula. I mean the entire content that is taught.

  • No only the black slaves in the US you will never hear about black people being enslaved right now in Libya. This is because it is not helpful to communist educators in overthrowing the governments of western nations. This is how far they will go to brain wash students.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TXp6aTN1jc

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  • Yes, but the history isn't focused on their experience usually. You just know of them and get cursory knowledge of them. Most history studies in highschool is U. S. History and a touch of World History in regards to how it applies to great figures or the U. S. directly. Just like most countries I imagine.

    Granted I didn't go to public school for highschool. I don't know the curriculum.

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  • No, we never learned about anything other than slavery in the US, although indentured servants were mentioned. The European slaves taken by Arabs from the 1500s until the 1800s, for example, are not mentioned in US schools.

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    • Were there indentured servants in the USA? If so where did they come from?

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    • That's interesting. Then there was also convict labour which was may be considered a type of slavery. British convicts were used as cheap labour in the North American colonies, parts of the Caribbean, West Africa and Australia.

    • @OnlyYouKnowThat: Yeah, I think the Georgia colony was founded with them as a bulwark against Spanish Florida.

  • Not really, until College/University like for instance, I didn't really think about the Ancient Mexicans being enslaved by the Spaniards until I took a California Geography class and a Chicano-Latino studies class.

    Of course outside of American education, I knew that many other groups were enslaved.

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  • A little here and there unless you go to college with the history of the area or time period. I remember going over some aspects of slavery in the ancient world. The history channel proved some great programming, too. I already knew about all people being slaves at some point or another, though.

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  • No, from 4th grade through high school every history and English class is about “Muh oppression” of Blacks and the Indigenous. If you want to learn history, then you’ll have to go outside the classroom.

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  • Fuck no we didn't. We get a brief run down of the civil war mostly just talking about how big of assholes white were. We watch roots and voila. White guilt and the black card for the Democratic party votes

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  • White on white crime doesn't really matter. Or any race on race crime to be honest And with African American, Y'all turned it into a breeding program.
    Slavery isn't even the worst thing white people did. Ending slavery and separation times is argue was just as bad.
    We all know the roman white people took someone else over and some middle eastern did some stuff with whipping people pyramid etc

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  • No. That would ruin the BLM and liberal narrative and would be labeled an alt right view of history if for example we learned about Muslims taking white slaves in medieval times.

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  • In general and high school education, they do mention it briefly but often teachers don't go into the significance of historic events to modern day, so kids never make the connection and just remember the part on black slavery, they recall and reference it especially because the white-black hatred is still very much present in some areas of America among both white and black communities.

    Generally, people begin looking into such things and have a broader worldview nailed into them during their general collegiate education. Usually, the people tossing hate remarks back and forth are minimum wage workers or old-timers who lived in times where racism was more intense.

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  • It might get mentioned at best, but generally speaking the US public school system focuses almost exclusively on black slavery in the Americas, and even so mostly beats the same talking points and key figures into a pulp, and largely ignores everything else that happens between 1787 and 1850ish, where it briefly hits on the Chinese laborers that built the railroads, then of course the civil war. US history then usually jumps to the Great Depression, and may or may not cover Theodore Roosevelt's presidency beforehand. At the college level, virtually all US history is presented as some abstract form of racial injustice even when it wasn't really a factor.

    History is heavily revised and/or suppressed in our school system.

    Granted, this was over a decade ago when I went through it. I doubt it has improved since then though. In fact based on what my sister learned, I'd say it has gotten even more politically correct.

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  • Curious, you do realize that when you are talking about America, that our biggest conflict was not WWII. It was not WWI. It was not any war with an external foreign power.

    Our biggest war was with ourselves.

    The Civil War.

    And that was singularly about African-American slavery. So for us, it is the biggest conflict we understand that impacts our history. And it is the event that defines this nation the most.

    More American men and women died in the Civil War than all of our other conflicts combined.

    When we teach history we teach the history that has impacted this nation first and foremost. Just like any other nation.

    Of course there is World History. But normally those are two different subjects in our school system.

    Do people learn about other than black slaves in school?

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  • Of course not because the liberal school system doesn't want to talk about it because then it would be harder for blacks to play the race card

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  • um, did you not go to school? most social studies classes focus on us history with the few years dedicated to world history or social studies

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    • I've never been to the US before.

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    • In schools in Norway we learns about the history in Europe and the US in addition to the world wars, colonization period etc. We don't get to learn much about Asia and Africa, but we get to learn that slavery isn't a racial thing.

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      Cool... I also know slavery isn’t exclusively racial and a bunch of people know (hopefully it’s been going on for forever), but for the most part, slavery also isn’t a huge part in most countries to the extent that it’s been in the US. Partially do to historical reasons and partially due to the fact that American slavery is relatively new in history. It’s only been 150 years...

  • Not really... I remember a white guy in my social studies class said "why do we only talk about black people suffering? What about white people suffering? LOL

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  • I did get it, yeah. Mainly on Roman and Greek slaves. For the most part because I had both Old Greek and Latin in secondary school

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  • People been having servants since the beginning of time and still do.. it just people in America are obsessed with black slaves.

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  • I live in England. I was taught more about the saxons being enslaved by Vikings Romans etc etc etc.

    It just depends where you live.

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      I live in Norway and I was taught mostly about British people being enslaved by the vikings, Romans etc. too. But I've heard that Americans mostly talks about the black slave trade like if blacks were the enslaved people only.

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      Yeah I live in the Caribbean and they talk about the natives and the blacks being enslaved. Not just the blacks

  • In college my anthropology and art history professors mentioned it

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  • Not really. Everything I know about slavery in Ireland and the Mediterranean I learned on my own from reading books.

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  • When I was in skool, we didn't learn a great deal about the global slave trade. The focus was on Africans and how differing opinions on slave trade led to debates and states' rights and eventually the American Civil War. It's still relevant now because it took another century after the abolition of slavery in the US for African-Americans to see any semblance equality socially and in the eyes of the law. To my knowledge, minorities of European and Asian descent didn't struggle to acclimate to the same degree. But that may be largely because we weren't educated about it, and I never really looked into it myself.

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  • Yes, we do.

    It's never something ignored in our education, at least in my experience.

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  • No one learns anything anymore it's all lies and cover up 🙄 does anyone know where slavery started

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  • Not as far as I remember.

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  • Nope

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  • I agree

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