Ap American History: Slavery Essay

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Analyze the origins and development of slavery in Britain’s North American colonies in the period 1619 to 1776. Support your answers with evidence from the assigned readings.

The Root of Slavery in Colonial America 1619-1776

The colonists did not choose Africans for slavery simply because they were unease by their alien skin tone or because they belittle the people’s lack of civilized background. In fact, the first Africans to arrive from abroad in 1619 were treated the same as the white indentured servants, who could earn their freedom, even a few acres of land, within agreed years of labor. Since cash crops are the fastest and most stable way to wealth, the demand for
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There is degree of difficulty for Africans to form armies like Bacon had and as they came from different tribes of the largely diverse Africa; Many don’t share the same language. The captured Africans were traded by their own race, of different tribe, making them amazingly easy to attain.

Increased English involvement in slave trade of the next few decades provided availability to more labor thus cheaper slaves, which caused the numbers of slave to rapidly catch up with the white settlers. The numbers of slaves unsettles the colonists. To keep them under control, the House of Burgesses in Virginia passed a series of laws in 1660’s that made specific distinctions between whites and blacks such as prohibition of marriage between the two races. Furthermore, colonies passed different versions of “Black Codes” that striped slaves of even basic human rights, examples being the freedom to travel, to meet other slaves in threes, to marry or to become a legal parent. These codes setted the African status in the New World, native Africans and their offspring were bound to lifelong chains, chattel property of their masters. “The planters do not want to be told that their negroes are human creatures. If they believe them to be of humankind, they cannot regard them as no better than dogs or horses.” (Long, 270) The African’s

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