Reading #2 Student Answers - Mikhaella Walden Reading#2 2-5...

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Mikhaella Walden Reading #2: 2-5 10/7/13 1.) The court took an austere stance on the issue of runaway servants. Escapees were sought after and usually faced severe punishment. For example, the servants under Pierce and Reginolds were whipped, shackled, and branded. Such a punishment had to be given out because Virginia was dependent on the labor that produced its only cash crop- tobacco. Also, migrants would often die within a year or two due to Virginia’s disease laden environment. Landowners would much rather possess servants than slaves because servants were cheaper and faced the same chance of death that slaves did. The odds were that the slaves would not live long enough to surpass the contract of servants. 2.) Discrimination against black servants is evident, although it does not always seem to be consistent. Society was only experiencing the beginning of prejudice that wasn’t only based upon social hierarchy. The account dated July 22, 1640 describes several different punishments for each of the servants, and all but one of them was white.
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  • Fall '16
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  • History, Homework, United States, Answers , Slavery, Virginia, Slavery in the United States, Suffering, servants

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