Origin Of Slavery

Origin Of Slavery - T he Origin of Slavery I Overview A 1619 first ship of black slaves arrived from Africa to Virginia B Initially were not viewed

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The Origin of Slavery I. Overview A. 1619: first ship of black slaves arrived from Africa to Virginia B. Initially were not viewed as “Slaves”, but indentured servants 1. Were let go after their term was over 2. Slept, ate, etc. with whites 3. By 1660, the view had changed to create distinctions in the races II. Economic Considerations A. Constraints of Market Production 1. Chesapeake Bay: popular crop on the market = tobacco 2. Indentured servants keep dying before the term is over --> must pay for new one to replace them B. Lessened Attractiveness of Indentured Servants 1. Attractiveness: servants shared language, usually died before the term was over (did not have to pay them or give them land, etc) 2. Health and mortality rate increased which meant servants began to live out their terms. Although their “bosses” had established themselves as masters and in the tobacco industry, these servants became free and in turn wanted to be part of the tobacco industry --> takes away business
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2011 for the course HI 151 taught by Professor Roberts during the Fall '10 term at BU.

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Origin Of Slavery - T he Origin of Slavery I Overview A 1619 first ship of black slaves arrived from Africa to Virginia B Initially were not viewed

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