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Lecture_7_conclusion - K Wood AMH 2041 Wednesday Slavery in the 18th Century These notes reflect the last 10 minutes of Wednesdays lecture on

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K. Wood, AMH 2041, Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Slavery in the 18 th Century These notes reflect the last 10 minutes of Wednesday’s lecture on ‘Slavery in the 18 th century’ which were inexplicably not recorded by the Panopto system. Slavery in the Chesapeake The interpretation relies heavily on the work of Edmund Morgan: He saw adoption of slavery in Virginia as planters’ decision in large part as a means of helping to securing political stability. Remember, however, that more recent work by John Coombs has demonstrated an earlier adoption of slavery by the colony’s elite, and seemingly for more narrowly economic reasons. The combination of indentured servant labor and tobacco in Virginia made a small proportion of VA very rich by the 1650s. They invested profits in more land, more labor, and grew more and more tobacco oversupply prices fell Colonial government tried means to restrain farmers from growing so much Price pressure aggravated after mid-century: more and more servants survived their indentures and became free, sought to become tobacco planters. Elites began to try to restrain the rights of small farmers and servants: Longer servitude for new arrivals Increased use of extending servants’ time for their crimes Removed voting rights of freemen who were NOT landowners
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This note was uploaded on 12/16/2011 for the course AMH 2041 taught by Professor Mungary during the Fall '11 term at FIU.

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