Slavery in Virginia Term Paper by Master Researcher

Slavery in Virginia
A brief look at the introduction and evolution of slavery in Virginia.
# 36395 | 1,400 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 07, 2003 in African-American Studies (Slavery)

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This paper examines the institution of slavery in Virginia and discusses how the English colonists of Virginia and the Chesapeake found ample use for black slaves in the tobacco fields. The paper looks at the beginnings of White servitude and White freedom and explains that the institution of slavery in America really escalated only after the founding of new colonies in the Carolinas.

From the Paper:

"In 1619, 20 blacks arrived in Jamestown, Va. They were the first blacks in America. They were regarded as indentured servants, little different from the white indentured servants who also were brought to Virginia to meet that colony's serious labor shortage. These blacks were listed in Virginia's census of 1623 and 1624 as servants. Virginia's records also show that for 40 years after, there was a continuous listing of black indentured servants coming into the colony. Blacks whose required period of service ended were set free and they were given a parcel of land, just as was done for freed white servants. Slavery did not even exist in Virginia until 1661 when Virginia passed a law legalizing the status of slavery. (All Things Considered (NPR), 05-08-1996.)"

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