Slavery has played a huge role in contemporary history. In this project I will research the settlement of indentured servitude in Jamestown in the 1600s. I will also explore how it affected contemporary society in Virginia 21th century. Tobacco was growing rapidly in Jamestown Virginia and there were not enough laborers to help grow the tobacco. That is where indentured servants came in.
Another negative impact of the trade of tobacco through the Columbian Exchange was the depilation of the soil that came from tobacco farming. Because the soil was being used so frequently from tobacco farming, it began to deplete, which although farming was at success before, you can only farm so much before the land becomes unusable (Lecture, January 21). This is a negative impact on the America because it restricts the number of items that they can trade out and/or sell for profit because once the land is unusable, you do not have much choice with that
It altered the course of the war, led to the impartiality of all blacks, and changed the future for the posterity. The Emancipation Proclamation altered the course of the war for the better. It was now moral responsibility to triumph the Confederacy and unbind the millions of African Americans held in subjugation (Bodenner). This document also changed the Civil War from a war of troubles to a campaign of human freedom (Emancipation Proclamation History.com). Amongst the Civil War, General Patrick Cleburne had mentioned how, “slavery, from being one of our chief sources of strength," had evolved into "one of our chief sources of weakness" (Bodenner).
In the seventeenth century life was harsh for the southern colonies. Many were killed due to diseases on the Chesapeake land, and families were so small that the men outnumbered the women. The tobacco economy used the American servants for hard labor, who wanted to become landowners and become wealthy in the future. Slaves soon began to be imported from Africa in the late 1600s, and became important for the economy. In the South, slaves died fast, but soon the numbers of them expanded by reproduction, and later they developed an African-American way of living.
There is a huge difference when you talk about Indenture servitude which whom came from Europe verse African slave life. In the 1620s, the planters in Virginia discovered that tobacco could make them money, but in order to make a lot of money they needed the manpower to do it. The planters had to turn to Europe to find people to work in the fields. In Europe, due to fast growth when it comes to the population it had left many folks unemployed and with no hope of opportunities. So many immigrants came to the new world for a hope of a better life and was willing to come here as indentured servants.
With the passage of a harsher fugitive slave law as a part of the Compromise of 1850, the abolitionist movement became even more fervent in its efforts to halt slavery as abolitionists assisted runaways, abused slave catchers, and outright did not follow the federal law, even in the face of federal marshalls. As a result of this outright defiance of federal law, southerners’ connotations of the abolitionist movement being associated with the entire northern population were further solidified. In conjunction with the lack of enforcement of the fugitive slave law, southerners increasingly viewed the violent confrontations in Kansas as an outright effort to uproot slavery and its expansion. In an act of defiance against Stephen Douglas’s popular sovereignty established in the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, abolitionists flooded into Kansas and Nebraska in an effort to incorporate both states as free states and directly halt the expansion of slavery into the territories. Violence and bloodshed broke out as pseudo-militia groups attacked one another in a low scale civil war.
The conditions in the Caribbean were horrible, and many slaves who remained there died of disease. Of those slaves who were brought to the American colonies, the population was able to grow on its own, as the slaves did not die as quickly from disease and terrible work conditions. With the American Revolution, great changes came to North America. The British colonies became states and an American nation. Whereas the years leading up to the revolution saw slavery gaining increasingly greater legal protection in the south, the institution became weaker in the north as abolitionists, who sought to end slavery, began to grow in number and northern states began passing laws to either restrict or abolish slavery.
American slaves were treated horribly. It was called the “Peculiar Institution” because it was a strange system. After a while, the South started to rely on slavery since it was agricultural. The North relied on the cotton from the South to ship to other countries. Once the cotton gin came to the South, they needed more slaves because they were producing more cotton.
What ultimately led to the shift from white servants to black slaves was a series of uprisings. As the tobacco boom and the shortage of labor continued, Virginian landowners pushed legislation that would indenture servants for longer periods of time, these provisions were met with backlash and as a result, the colonies saw an influx of indentured servant rebellions. The largest of these rebellions was Bacon’s rebellion; since many of the whites who came to America as indentured servants had aspirations to becoming landowners themselves after their contracts expired, by the landowners extending it and making it more difficult for them to exit their service, in a way, they felt they were being duped by false promises (Takaki 58). Nathaniel Bacon led this rebellion and resulted in whites and blacks to take arms and rise against landowners in what would be the largest uprising until the American Revolution (Takaki 60). One of the concerns raised as a result of this rebellion is that whites were legally able to obtain while blacks could not.
The government kept on earning money. More and more African Americans settled in the south wanting to restart their life. African American didn’t have much money, clothes or food and they were in desperate search of jobs. All African Americans did their whole life was farming so that was the only thing they knew how to do well because most of them didn’t even have an education. Most of the slaves stuck to farming and did sharecropping.
Slavery first came to the colonies in 1619. When the first Africa slave arrived in Jamestown. Jamestown found success in mass producing tobacco. In order to increase production, slaves were imported in to met the demand. Slavery was not very popular in the beginning because of the cost.
In early America, the first successful colony was called the Jamestown Colony. It took a while for this new country to fill up, though. This was because, in the beginning, many people died from disease, starvation, and Native American attacks. Many people in the early Jamestown Colony died from a disease. “Summer sickness kills half the colonists” (J. Frederick Fausz, “An Abundance of Bloodshed on Both Sides: England’s First Indian War 1609-1614,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, January 1990).
Jamestown. Jamestown was the first established colony by England, after one of there earlier colony disappeared. The voyage from England to Jamestown was very long and rough the 3 ships carried 144 men and boys who would become the first settlers. The ship crashed and luckily they swam ashore alive, but because of their unawareness Indians attacked them, although they fought them off, there was a big insecurity among them.
Jamestown was the first colony in America and it was the first glipse of what America would become U.S. history began with the first settlement in Jamestown because it was the first time people began to identify as American. At the most difficult times, the American people were motivated by their desire to create an ideal society. The principles that they held to be true are used as a basis for American society. The people of Jamestown continue to influence our nation today. According to Jamestown and Yorktown Settlement and Victory Center, “The government, language, customs, beliefs and aspirations” that were part of the early Virginian’s lifestyles continue to play a role in American society.