-Note that through at least the early 18th century white indentured servants, especially the victims of the “Irish Slave Trade” frequently worked alongside one another. The also sometimes ran away together and had intimate relationships.Important Events in Early Colonialism-Indentured servants sought to fulfill their terms and become landowners, which instantly elevated their status. They were led to believe that land was in abundance.-However, the extreme profitability of tobacco and agriculture led most land being taken by colonial elites.-Thus, what Takaki calls a “Giddy Multitude” comprised of slaves, angry indentured servants, and the land poor, threatened the landed elite.-This came to a head with Bacon’s Rebellion, in which both white and black men fought alongside one another against the Gentry in 1676.-This clash had two major effects-In 1691, One Drop Rule was formed.Thomas Jefferson’s Complicated Views on Race and Slavery-Became wealthy as a plantation and slave owner in Virginia-Owned slaves until his death despite writing “all men are created equal”-Defied Anti-Miscegenation laws with Mistress Sally Hemmings-Believed that black people were inferior in every way to white people, even when
presented with evidence to the contrary.Slavery As A Negative-Believed slavery was immoral-Recommended gradual abolition, and then the removal of freedmen from America, maybe to Haiti. This was based on his view that slavery corrupted masters, and that its continuation would lead to a massive insurrection-Felt guilty for owning slaves-Claimed that slavery only appropriated labor, not liberty
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