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Race and Slavery in Antebellum America .pdf

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Colonial America Jamestown, VA 1619 First time AfricanAmericans in U.S.Colonies They do notbecome slaves in Jamestown. Why?The slaves had been baptized, had already become Christians, so under English law they were exempt fromslavery They were indenturedservants instead 19 slaves broughtby Dutch 1619-1808;600,000 slavesbroughtto13 colonies JohnPunch, 1640 Black mansentenced to slavery after trying to escape indentured servitude 2 white indentured servantstried to escape as well, but theywere only punishedwith +1 year of servitude JohnPunchwas a baptized Christian, so it complicated rules on whocould be slaves Further complicated by English citizenship law; really no written rules PartosSequitur Ventrum, 1662 If a child is bornto a slave woman, the child is a slave, regardless of father Change fromEnglish law which says father determined statusof a child Law freed white slave ownersfromresponsibility of their children with slave women Virginia slave codes, 1705 If you came from a countrydetermine "not Christian" it didn’t matter if youhad been baptized, youcan still be a slave.
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