Slavery and Indentured Servants Essay

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Take Home Assignment 1

US History 150-81

Question 2: Thomas Jefferson feared the growth of manufacturing mainly because he knew that America land compared to Europe’s land wasn’t as adequate and sufficient enough to manufacture our own goods and we would produce different results. Jefferson stated in the “Republican Thomas Jefferson Celebrates the Virtue of the Yeoman Farmer, 1785” document that “In Europe the lands are either cultivated, or locked up against the cultivator. Manufacture must therefore be resorted to of necessity not of choice, to support the surplus of their people” (Jefferson, 1). Also, Jefferson kept the lower class in mind and he knew that a lot of lower class
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Therefore, they transitioned from poor suffering adults in England to the continuation of suffering as becoming servants, indentured servants. Furthermore, Frethorne begged for his parents to redeem his indenture and if not possible then at the very least that they would send some money to purchase him food. From reading this letter I really saw how much he and the other indentured servants suffered. It was so severe that the English cried out that they wished “that they were in England without their limbs-and would not care to lose any limb but to be in England again” (Frethorne, 1). Also, Frethorne quoted that “he has eaten more in [one] day at home than what he has eaten there for a week” (Frethorne, 2). These quotes really demonstrated the disparity of the indentured servants in Virginia and Frethorne’s true desire of wanting to return back to England, which wasn’t so bad after all compared to the horrible new land. However, in contrary to Frethorne, George Aslop’s writing in “They Live Well in the Time of their Service” during 1663 in Maryland document was viewed more positively than Frethorne’s outlook. He actually and surprisingly agrees with servitude. Aslop wrote, “For I’m certainly confident, that there are several Thousands in most Kingdoms of Christendom, that could not at all live and subsist, unless they had served some prefixed time” (Aslop, 2); he found servitude

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