Promotional Literature During The 19th Century Essay

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In the 17th and 18th century, promotional literature was used to emphasize the economic opportunities available in the English Colonies. Inspired and profit driven, men and women fled to the Americas with the mindset that would soon shape the country. By looking at T.H. Breen, “Looking Out for Number One: Conflicting Cultural Values in Early Seventeenth Century Virginia” and John Butler, “The Evolution of Slavery in Colonial America,” I argue the master-slave relationship became socially, culturally, and legally formalized in the early English Colonies.
Owning slaves in the English Colonies was not only socially accepted, but expected. Word got to England that indentured servants were being mistreated in America inducing a decline in the immigration of servants therefore, provoking a rush in slaveholding. Jon Butler’s article, “The Evolution of Slavery in Colonial America” mentions by the 1690s at mid-century fifteen percent of the colonies population consisted of African Slaves. (Butler, page 60) “by the first decade of the eighteenth century, then, captured Africans outstripped indentured servants by a ratio of at least 6-1 and established a pattern of colonial labor consumption not broken until the American Revolution.” These numbers, in the years to come, grew at a rapid rate. This bandwagon effect was not exclusively seen in the New World, but in the Dutch Caribbean, French Caribbean, Spanish America and Portuguese Brazil. However, in early America there were two very…

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