African American Heritage
23 June 2011
Short Paper #1
White indentured servants and African slaves in the Chesapeake colonies were often treated the same. They worked for a certain period of time then they were freed. Linda Bryant stated that the lives of black and white indentures were similar at the time (00). The two groups had more commonalities than differences. For example, when clearing forests and planting tobacco crops both groups worked together side by side and received the same harsh treatment. They lived together in the same home and socialized after their labors. Blacks were assigned land in the same way that it was granted to whites. They also married and had children together. Their relative circumstances changed over time because slavery was becoming the most common condition in America than indentured whites. Africans had an advantage over white immigrant labor. Africans were stronger, inexpensive, had no government protection, and there were many of them. Laws were made so that slaves could be restricted from many things. For example in 1661 Maryland passed a law so that black men and white women could not marry. They also stopped slaves from riding horses, carrying weapons, and traveling beyond the plantation boundaries. European countries could have established empires in the Americas without resorting to coerced labor, but there will be a big disadvantage because more labor would be needed but there will be fewer slaves. The slavery in the Dutch colony of North America and English colonies were similar. They were similar because both the Dutch and the English colonist in the North preferred to get slaves from other New World colonies than just getting them from Africa. The major similarities between the two are that they both imported their slaves from the West Indies. The major difference between the two is that in the Dutch colonies slaves were given more freedom. For...
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