BIOGRAPHY OF AMERICA - • Gradually a growing native-born...

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BIOGRAPHY OF AMERICA A few of the earliest African immigrants gained their freedom and some even became slave-owners themselves. as the number of Africans increased towards the end of the 17th century, southern whites become increasingly afraid of the supposed racial threat. Earlier in the century the legal difference between a slave and an indentured servant was unclear, but gradually the law began to make sharp distinctions between the two sources of labor. Slave codes developed and while slavery might have begun in America initially for economic reasons, by the end of the 17th century it was becoming obvious that racial discrimination also was playing an important role in the American slave system. With the arrival of the African Americans came a cornucopia of African traditions, languages, skills, music, cuisines, and even agricultural techniques.
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Unformatted text preview: • Gradually a growing native-born African American community developed and established a distinctive slave culture, which was a mixture of African and American traditions. • Despite the daunting challenges for African slaves, the gradual development of a vibrant slave culture began to emerge. • This unique blending of various African cultures with European cultures resulted in a uniquely “New World” culture that was devised from no single African model and incorporated many Western elements. • While the northern colonies became more diverse in the early 18th century, the distinctive nature of a slave society began to characterize the southern colonies. Eventually, however, an “American” identity emerged from an intermingling of the various cultures and regional characteristics....
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