Many key factors led to the transition from indentured servants to slavery. Indentured servants became less cost- efficient due to the fact that land owners owned multiple pieces of land or needed more than one indentured servant to work on their land. Even though working conditions were harsh and the servants were limited to what they can and cannot do, they still had rights as humans, which means they were not slaves. But as more jobs were needed on the farm, the more indentured servant demanded in wages. As the needs of indentured servants increased, the owners believed they were not obliged to commit to the request of their servant.
Mildred D. Taylor took these events into consideration when writing her novel, and in doing so, gave an accurate representation of how life was for colored people in the 1930s. Despite gaining their freedom, the vast majority of African Americans became farmers as they were well experienced in the trade. However, most of them had to become a sharecropper, or a farmer who works someone else’s land for a share of the profit. Buying land was even more of a challenge for colored people, as many whites refused to sell it to them. Being a sharecropper meant that not only did one have a job, but they were also provided with a place to live on their small share of land.
While Virginia’s citizens were benefitting from generous land grants that assured many an adequate space to farm tobacco, there was a disproportionate amount of land compared to the number of laborers needed to work the farms. Even though black slaves were available at that time, they were expensive, prone to fall prey to fatal communicable disease, and they were not abundant enough to fill the farmers needs. Because of these reasons, Virginia did not utilize primarily black slaves to work on their plantations. From England, white people who were convicted criminals, transient, orphans and good-for-nothings of society entered into white bondage called indentured servitude, and were shipped to Virginia to work in the tobacco fields. Some of these new indentured servants were kidnapped or deceived into bondage by ‘recruiting agents’ of merchants and ship captains looking to turn a profit.
Unfree laborers in the Colonial period were the institutional turning point of having slaves and indentured servants. Slaves and indentured servants were the primary means of the wealthy in America at this time and were seen throughout many colonies. Either as a slave or an indentured servant, the person was expected and required to work in fields to maintain crops, as a house servant, or of anything else the master chose for them to do. The treatments of both had their similarities but also having their differences. During this time period indentured servants were treated more fairly, whereas the slaves were treated unfairly.
The second type of economic system that can be used for such an analysis is that of slavery. In Eric Williams ' work titled “Slavery and Capitalism”, he describes how the development of slavery marked several social and economic changes in society, especially in the nature of social hierarchies and relationships. Sven Beckert, in “The Empire of Cotton”, reiterates Williams ' argument by describing cotton cultivation in America, of which the backbone was slavery. In this economic system, production thrived because of the subordination of the labour force. Slavery was a cost effective method of employing labour.
Although Christians were good citizens, and people who wanted to follow Jesus, they were constantly impacted by aspects of the Roman culture. The Roman history, pertaining to the way people worshiped, the philosophy and the music all had a significant impact on the Christian church. To begin with, In most ways, I would say that the society significantly impacted them to abandon the pagan lifestyle. Although they adapted and adopted, Christian views and customs were very different from Roman society. A key example is the way in which Christians worshiped God and not the gods.
In Meso-America, however, the goal was to exploit the lands in order to produce and extract new goods which they could trade. Despite the different outcomes they were trying to reach, both held a common truth: natives and African slaves were both lesser than Europeans,
The differences in climate and geography caused the North and South to develop different types of economies. The rich soil and mild winters of the South led to a Southern economy which based on agriculture. They sold cotton, tobacco, rice, sugar cane, and indigo as cash crops. However, cotton became the most important crop after Eli Whitney’s invention of the cotton gin. The Northern economy was based on manufacturing.
These types of agriculture are threats to the survival of small farmers. These multimillion company owned 70,129 hectares of land while three out of four farmers do not own the land they till, and also farmers from these company are treated like slaves, I see sugar cane farmers having to harvest sugar cane in the heat of the sun without proper gears to help protect them from the sun or rain. And also they work early in the morning until the afternoon without proper break and also no proper food. I just wished that these farmers are treated especially because without them, these