The Evolution of Slavery and Race

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 50
  • Published : April 11, 2013
Open Document
Text Preview
There is no denying that slavery has existed since the beginning of time. References and drawings describing slavery have been traced all the way back to the biblical era. While many people associate the word slavery with the African race, history shows that multiple races and cultures have undergone such captivity. In “The Origins of Antiblack Racism in the New World” by David Brian Davis and “Unthinking Decision: Enslavement of Africans in America to 1700” by Winthrop D. Jordan, two historians express varying opinions on racialized slavery towards Africans. Their argument differs not only in time and location but also the underlining factor in which slavery became racialized.

The time period in which the authors believe racialized slavery began isn’t that far apart. Davis argues that this took place during the 1400s, while Jordan claims this took place between the 1640s and 1660s. Religion played a part in how the authors choose this timeframe. Due to biblical associations and the negative connotation with the word black, it wasn’t long before this ideology reached the head of the church. Davis believes it wasn’t until the 1400s when a succession of popes begin giving their blessing towards the enslavement of Africans. “It thus seems probable that most Europeans received their first subliminal impressions of so-called Negroes in a local church or cathedral” (Davis 59). Backing up their beliefs with biblical stories such as the “Curse of Haam”, it wasn’t long before the European nation was on board. (Davis 56) On the other side of the argument, Jordan believes it wasn’t until after the establishment of New World colonies that slavery became racialized. He states that the new settlers felt an overwhelming since of disorientation and isolation. Losing many passengers on the voyage to the New World, and then being thrust into a rugged uncivilized territory prompted quick and immediate solutions. Tudor statesmen began to harp on the importance of a labor system....
tracking img