While Democracy was being practiced in Colonial America, it has had its dark side as well. Almost to balance out the good in what is happening, everything needs a balance in life. So, what makes the Democracy in Colonial America have undemocratic features are the voting and the treatment of African Americans and Women in the colonies. The voting which happened in America, "which is stated in document 2, shows us that only Christian white males were the only ones who could vote. " This is not a democracy, if only a certain group could vote and they leave out the women, African Americans, and other ethnic groups out.
With the inability of utilizing Native Americans in the early colonial labor force, skewed sex ratio of nearly 3 males to 1 female, and high mortality rates, plantation owners relied on the second most obvious source of labor, other Europeans. “Population growth, economic depression, and enclosures had worsened poverty and unemployment in England and produced a supply of recruits who were willing to sign an indenture, a contract by which they agreed to work for a term of four to seven years in exchange for passage to a set of new clothes, some tools, and fifty acres of land.” (Clark, Hewitt, Brown and Jaffee ). As a result, of these conditions in Europe, plantation owners had no choice but to create these poor European adults from various backgrounds as their servants. The first Africans to arrive in Jamestown was in 1619 as indentured servants.
For many years, since the first colonies, people have used slaves as free labor and to get the work they needed done without paying them. Slaves were free. They had owners. Since they were owned, no one cared how they were treated. Slaves were not treated as humans.
Any person who has studied Pennsylvanian history knows that William Penn wanted his colony, his “Holy Experiment,” to act as a haven of religious tolerance for his fellow Quakers and other marginalized groups. However, Penn was a business man as well as a member of the Society of Friends, and he knew that acquiring land on which to settle Europeans was the only way to make his colony successful and profitable. In order to reconcile his financial need to continually expand his holdings in Pennsylvania and his belief (founded in the Quaker teachings which professed the equality of all persons) that Native Americans had a right to their lands, Penn made it clear that land in Pennsylvania would be bought from the Indians, not taken from them.
1. Pick 2 main points that the tour guide covered and tell how each point differed or compared with what we learned in class? The tour guide covered many points that compared and differed from the material we learned in class. One of the main points was Delaware in the textbook was classified as the Chesapeake and the “Old South” and was given the same slavery qualities which differed from what the tour guide covered.
If you were a slave during the mid-19th century, your only chance of freedom would be the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad “was a hidden network of people and places established to help runaway slaves escape safely to the North and Canada. Free blacks—assisted by sympathetic white Northerners and operating largely in disguise and at night—provided directions, food, and shelter for those seeking freedom”(Underground Railroad). About 100,000 slaves escaped captivity through the system during the 1800s. The slaves used whatever they could to travel, “by foot, in small boats, by covered wagon, and even in boxes shipped by rail or sea”(Underground Railroad).
Great observation, I’m surprised you chose the Virginia colony because of their location of being in the south and through my reading and research; I found the south to be a cruel place for a slave. The southern colonies had extreme tough slave code laws as the Northern colonies were more lenient. I stated in my discussion, in the south, the slave population was outweighing the north and as it was stated in the text, slavery that developed in the southern colonies became almost standard (Reich, 2011, p. 124). The state of Virginia pride was tobacco and they need workers to work their plantations and even though Indenture servants existed during this period, they were viewed as being more of financial burdens the African American slaves.
The British hesitated to establish slavery in their new American colonies, as they largely relied on indentured servants in the 17th century. Indentured servants were men and women who signed a contract by which they agreed to work for a certain number of years in exchange for transportation to Virginia and, once they arrived, food, clothing, and a place where to live. Adults usually served for four to seven years and children sometimes for much longer, with most working in the colony’s tobacco fields. At first, the Virginia Company of London paid to transport servants across the Atlantic, but with the institution of the headright system in 1618, the company attracted planters and merchants to undertake the cost with a promise of land. At
How southern whites and freed people (black former slaves) define and contest different understandings of black freedom in the years immediately following the Civil War? Introduction Before the civil war, there were a number of grievances that had prompted the victims to take to the streets and wage a serious war that led to liberation. This war was facilitated by the fact that, the former slaves felt that the law was discriminative.
Indentured slaves were Europeans that wanted to go to the new world but were too poor to afford so they served land owners who needed service in maintaining their land. African slaves were imported from Africa to work for the colonists . They usually worked in agriculture. The indentured servants couldn't really live on the land after working on someones land because after they worked for seven years on someones they still couldn't afford their own land so the servants would work on the same land for their