Critical Source Essay 1

Many of the slaves and servants worked long days with

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enslaved people from Africa (Beverly 1705). Many of the slaves and servants worked long days with little to no free time. Their whole lives were dedicated to working for their masters. In the colonies, slaves and servants were treated as property, rather than human beings. The colony of Virginia had a set of laws that told the slave owners how they could treat their slaves. These laws acted as a limit of brutality that the slave owners couldn’t cross, otherwise their slaves would be taken from them. The point of these laws was so that these slaves could be treated “as tenderly as possible”(Beverly 1705). However, tender is far from the condition that these slaves were treated. Slaves in the colonies faced treatment by their masters that was unjust and cruel. Slaves were punished for doing just about anything wrong, and were beaten, whipped, or given
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some other form of punishment. The masters that gave these punishments were also very rarely punished for their actions. Slaves, due to their genetic predisposition, were treated very poorly while their masters typically lived luxurious lifestyles, profiting off of the work of the slaves. In terms of religion, the Christian faith dominated the American colonies, mainly because of the British ties. Due to the great enlightenment, many people in the colonies supported and practiced their religion daily. Christianity was the main religion practiced in the colonies, and its followers saw the need to unite the colonies under their religion.
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  • Fall '19
  • Mather, Robert Beverly

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