So I was watching the Ten Commandments for a few minutes between shows with my uncle today and I realized something I'd never even considered until today:
I took world history in high school and in college but never once did my teachers or textbooks ever mention that the jews were slaves in egypt. You'd think that in the USA, if there were even a little verifiable evidence, we'd learn about it in a world history class.
I did a short search for evidence on the subject and only came up with opinions. Mostly the ones who say the jewish people really were slaves say that either the egyptians themselves covered it up so other slaves wouldn't get any ideas (which sounds ridiculous for so many reasons) or that our secular school systems are run by evil atheists who want to keep g0d away from the children (which also sounds ridiculous). Those who argue egyptians did not hold the jews captive make good points to support their opinions but so far I haven't come up with anything resembling a professional opinion.
My inclination is to think that it was never mentioned because it didn't happen and I can't find much on the subject because there is no evidence that the jews were slaves in egypt but then again I admit to having a bias when it comes to biblical texts. Does anyone have any sources they'd consider reliable on this subject?