shortage in labor did bring in the demand for slave labor. Slaves worked usually with the craftsmen, shopkeepers, wool workers, carpenters, and people within these fields. The slaves were often children sold off by their hungry parents. Most people might say “wow, this is terrible” but really, these parents were thinking of their kids when making these decisions by preferring to watch them work than to watch them starve to death. Within all this havoc going on in Europe, the real cause of the disease, which was a mystery to everyone in Western Europe, was the bacteria carried by fleas on rats. The fleas carried this bacteria in their stomach’s, and whatever they decided to bite would catch this horrifying disease. The effects on society caused by this disease were terrible because these people believed just about any idea brought forth to them. From witchcraft to sins to even Jews! Of course now, this epidemic can be cured with some antibiotics. The plague is now rarely ever seen because of our technological advancements since the 1300’s. This disease went from being the biggest, and most feared epidemic, to a really easy cured disease. The development of society since then is incredible.
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- Bubonic Plague