Social factors regarding African- Americans and slavery credited them as the workers in the south, and led to a slight growth of slavery. In the 1600’s, indentured servants filled the place of the slaves. Unlike the slaves these people were released after a short amount of time, and they were sent to work because they were criminals. The reason that slavery developed instead was because of social racism. The European people felt that everyone was inferior to them. Blacks were not considered to have any potential role in society, and many southerners claimed they were doing the slaves a favor by offering a potential role and by simply placing blacks in their “appropriate” role within society. Because the whites ruled the south, slavery was very socially acceptable in the south during this time period.
While the use of racism and the search for new crops in the south contributed to the growth of slavery between social and geographical factors; economically, slavery saved the south. If John Rolfe didn’t discover a much more efficient way to produce tobacco in mass quantities the south would not have been successful economically. The farmers in the south needed cheap laborers and the slaves had this quality