Essay about Slavery During The Colonial Times

702 Words Oct 10th, 2015 3 Pages
In the early colonial times, each person, whether free or enslaved, had their own interpretation of what freedom was depending on their reasons for arrival, perspective based on their culture, and the overall treatment they received from authoritative figures. Although both servants and slaves experienced a lack of freedom, many people assume that indentured servants were freer because they were only required to serve indentured servitude for 7 years, whereas slaves were forced into the harsh treatment of enslavement for life. Seeing that both parties are deprived of their freedom, it showed that the free English landowners justified their harsh treatment toward the slaves and servants by using their freedom to have superiority over them. Generally, indentured servants came to America to live a better life, but they have to live a time of servitude to pay off their trip to the country. According to document 19, Elizabeth, an indentured servant, wishes to tell her father of the ill-treatment she faces each day. As she states, “Let it suffice that I am one of the unhappy number… Scare any thing but Indian corn and salt to eat and that even begrudged nay many Negros are better used” (Foner, 60). The purpose of her letter, is to show her father that she is paying for her disobedient acts and she wants to be rid of these poor conditions. Many times, people disregard the troubles that indentured servants went through because their treatment was slightly less harsh than treatment…

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