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his113 WA1.2 - free to continue their lives In real life...

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Many argue that the institution of slavery retarded Southern economic development. First and foremost, immigrants coming to the United States generally settled in the North where they could earn a wage. Secondly, with slavery, markets tend to 'undervalue' labor and rely on labor intensive practices to the detriment of capital. As a result, the South remain heavily dependent on agriculture as the North industrialized. Indentured servants were individuals who agreed to work without pay for another person for a set amount of time, often several years. Indentured servants by law were still free in that they had basic civil rights. Often times debt, or desire for passage to America, would provoke people to this kind of an agreement. After their time of service was concluded, indentured servants were
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Unformatted text preview: free to continue their lives. In real life, the distinction between slavery and indentured servitude often blurred. Some people treated their servants as basically slaves, beating and threating them, forcing them to work long hours and perform backbreaking work. Others held up their contract admirably and treated their servants well. By contrast, slavery was the formal ownership of persons by an individual. Enslaved people had no rights and were considered their owner's property, rather than human beings. They could therefore be killed legally, for no reason whatsoever, or abused however their master saw fit. Slaves were basically slaves for life, unless their master saw fit to free them (if this was even legal, in various times and places it was not)....
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