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White Slavery | McDowell County, West Virginia. Peonage (forced servitude) and lynchings were not practicably prosecutable crimes in West Virginia in the post-Civil War era and well on into the first decade of the 20th century because of a lack of resolve for justice/humanity on the part of corporation owners, local and state government officials and constabularies, and legislators in West Virginia in those years.
This simple 1-page worksheet features 5 excerpts from Hammurabi's Code of Laws that students analyze. First, students determine the purpose of each law was, then think about a modern-day equivalent. After completing the chart of all 5 laws, students answer 3 Common Core analysis questions that focus on the inequalities in Babylonian society.