Journal 1 - That no matter what social class you belong to...

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James Francis History 109 Prof. Kornfeld September 10, 2010 Journal Entry #1 In this weeks reading, I was drawn towards the “Bound Labor” section more than any other section in the reading. This is most likely due to the fact that there were real documents from the colonial American time period, and because these documents were there I believe that certain credibility was added to the readings. Out of these documents I believe that James Revels poem was the most profound. History is a study of the past however, sometimes important facts, figures and even points of view are not given a sufficient amount of study. For me, reading these documents is literally the first time that I have studied the viewpoints of indentured servants in Colonial America. James Revel’s poem is story about his life as an indentured servant, and it reveals an underlying theme in the rest of the documents presented in the “Bound Labor” section. The theme is this:
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Unformatted text preview: That no matter what social class you belong to, you’re still a human being. James Revel in his poem states that “Some view’d our limbs, and others turn’d us round, examining like horses, if we’re sound.” This quote along with others proves that indentured servants were not treated like human beings, they were treated with disrespect and disdain. However, you have to ask yourself if this is the start of the future American creed that all men are created equal? It very well could be, all of these indentured servants probably had kids, and these kids learned from their parents that slavery and indentured servitude is wrong. These ideas and beliefs over time can become engrained in someone’s belief system. Someone’s belief systems had an impact on the Declaration of Independence....
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This note was uploaded on 03/04/2012 for the course HIST 109 taught by Professor Sandiego during the Fall '08 term at San Diego State.

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