Economics Curriculum

The Economics of Prison Labor

Grade Level: Grade Level: College

Overview: This activity guide examines the past and present use of prison labor and its economic implications. Students will investigate the role that state governments, legislation and private corporations played in increasing the use of prison labor after the Civil War, as well as analyze similarities and differences between the use of prison labor then and now.

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Forced Labor Then and Now

Grade Level: Grade Level: College

Overview: This activity guide focuses on the economic implications of forced labor, both in the past and in the present. Students will examine the history of peonage prior to the twentieth century. Students will also investigate the use of forced labor around the world and its impact on local and global economies.

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Historian Pete Daniel breaks down peonage and debt servitude.

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