Effects Of Slavery In The First Colonies

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The Changing Slave Experience
The slave experience during the first colonies was a lot different than the time of the Civil War. Many changes in slavery are what led up to the beginning of the Civil War. Slaves began to become fed up with the life they were living, and many Americans agreed with the slaves as time went on. The slavery disagreements eventually led to the division of the North, which were against holding/owning slaves, and the South, which were for holding/owning slaves. The sixteenth President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, forbid slavery, but many rich slaveholders were against the Presidents order, and thus led to the iconic Civil War. Many things changed leading up to the war, and one of the biggest changes was the
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The British colonies didn’t begin to use slavery until the 17th century. The first colony’s main crop was tobacco, and as it became clear that tobacco was going to be the crop that would make the colony prosper, they began to look for extra labor. The colony of Jamestown looked towards indentured servants, Native Americans, and West Africans. Jamestown used indentured servants first, which were servants who were to work for seven years, and then they were able to become citizens. The colonists began to realize that indentured servants were too costly at the time. So in 1619, Dutch traders brought the first African slaves to Jamestown. The first African slaves were treated as indentured servants. Many indentured servants were teenagers whose father sold their labor ability, so they could be citizens when they were adults. As compared to slavery closer to the Civil War, the very first colony to prosper in the United States, offered the first slaves freedom after seven years of labor. Later on down the historical timeline, slavery became more of a social norm, and the slaves weren’t offered freedom after seven years, they were no longer indentured …show more content…
More rebellions would come due to slavery, and western expansion caused some controversy. Many slaves during the early 18th century did agricultural work, like slaves in the 17th century. The south was full of large plantations and large amounts of slaves, as compared to the north, which had fewer plantations. The slaves in the north did a lot of ship industry work, or worked with the trade. Slaves in the north didn’t live separately from their masters, as they also didn’t dine in a different room. The also attended the same church as their masters. The south master were completely different, as many slaves lived in separate slave houses, and if they did attend a church, it wasn’t the church their master attended. The southern slaves ate at separate tables or even rooms in the south as well. The life of slaves were completely different in the north and south. Even the masters were different, as for the way they treated their

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