SYG 2000 RACE - THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION Slavery • “How did American society justify unequal treatment based on skin color and national origins? How did it reconcile that contradiction?” • 1619 -> 1 st Africans to arrive in Virginia o o Laborers were mostly European indentured servants -> fewer began to emigrate to the US o Africans began to fill the shortage in the labor supply o How were they considered an ideal source of labor? o How did the status if lower class Europeans change as the African slave population expanded? o African slavery became so widespread that it began to be thought of as natural Native Americans (Indians) • Thomas Jefferson (TJ): Notes on the State of Virginia o How were Native Americans originally perceived by TJ? • Land became a significant issue in relations with Native Americans • What was the purpose of “civilizing” Native Americans? • Cherokee Indians -> “success story”
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