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Assignment 1 labor studies

Assignment 1 labor studies - Joleen Martis Shawn Taylor...

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Joleen Martis Shawn Taylor 37:575:201:01 09/30/09 The Pride of Colonists and the Hardships of Workers The wind blew Europeans onto North America where they had hopes to find gold and lands of “milk and honey”. However what the European settlers found was intense labor and struggles for survival. They also came across the original residents, Native Americans, whom they pushed away to succeed. The colonists brought little with them to fully inhabit the land but they did manage to bring an abundance of pride. Much of the American history is conveyed to have hardships and strives for existence. But the colonists who claim to have originated the Americas did not do much of anything compared to the people who did. Those who actually formed America for what it is are the workers whom colonists hired or bought. As these laborers rigorously exercised their bodies and existence to create America, the colonists only exercised their pride. As a means for a better life and work, because jobs were not available in London people began to accept the position as indentured servants. Indentured servants were shipped to the colonies and disciplined under the rule of their master. They were to work for a certain number of years and repay their dues to be brought to America by working. They were given enough food and shelter to survive. But it was difficult for indentured servants to accommodate to the climate, disease, and environment especially under heavy working standards. After their sentences were complete they were Promised Land and new clothes but many did not last that long. After the conditions and terms were exposed less and less people requested to indenture. In response indentured servant companies began to sweep juveniles and homeless off the streets. 1
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People, especially the young were kidnapped without anybody knowing. The Virginia Company was depicted as “a savior of starving children who would learn a trade in the colony, just as apprentices did in England, and one day they would be granted some land” (Jordan and Walsh, pp. 78). These companies, just as the Virginia Company, falsely represented their services as something to be proud of when really the idea was a hoax. These companies would claim they are preventing crime and cleaning the streets as well as reducing unemployment in order to be accepted by the government and people. The life projected and the actual life these indentured servants proceeded were polar opposites. Upon arrival “children were sold for tobacco, young girls were sent as bridal bribes and in one record out of three hundred children only twelve were still alive” after only two years(Jordan and Walsh, pp. 82-84). The treatment of these servants was even further from portrayal, it was torment. Under the strict rule of their masters servants would try to run away and in any form of disobedience, punishment was regulated. Masters added “extra-time to their bondage, whipping was heavily practiced and harsher sentences included loss of an ear or both ears” (Jordan and Walsh, pp.94). The beginning of slavery was in
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