The Origins of Slavery and Racism in America

The Origins of Slavery and Racism in America - The Origins...

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The Origins of Slavery and Racism in America I. Labor Demands 1. Why? Huge labor demand in Southern colonies because no one wants to come to an hot humid labor intensive Indian attacked colony 2. Attempts to attract labor Headright system- paid for worker and got land (1) Worked for several years but failed because it was very easily frauded (2) People paid them over then they came back and repeated over and over (3) People would rather sell land than give it away System of Indentured servants (1) Negotiate contract to work for 5 or 7 years (2) Housed fed and clothed no pay (3) Essentially a slave (4) At end of term you receive land and freedom dues (5) Very good deal because land gives you a voice in the Gov (6) Many people sign and come (7) Solves labor demand issues for 50 or so years (8) 50% of white Americans came as indentured servants (9) But fails because (a) No one wanted to see them live (b) First five years you work hard and it is fair (c) After 5 years they will try to work you to death less clothes, food, and more work (d) Becomes nasty business because they kidnapped people (e) Kids, drunks and random people taken (10) Bacon’s Rebellion
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(a) Big deal has impact on development of Southern Colonies (b) In VA former indentured servants who survived (c) Start rebellion against VA’s Gov (d) Gov suppresses rebellion (e) But People were persuaded they didn’t want indentured system because
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