Summary: These pages introduce the complex relationship between the English colonists and slavery. This relationship was influenced by economic as well as social and biological factors that eventually led to the development of large scale use of African people as slave labor primarily in Southern colonies. In this reading pay particular attention to the use of native Indian populations as a source of slave in the early colonies such as Charles Town. The use of native Indians as a source of labor was a continuation of a practice among the Indian populations and was magnified by the economics of their relationship to the English colonies.
- Reading due 24 January.
- First draft due 26 January.
- Comments due 30 January.
- Final draft due 1 February.
Essay: Describe the changing nature of slavery in the Jamestown colony from its initial founding to the 1700s. Be sure to discuss how the original colonists acquired their labor, how and why native populations became a source of labor and why this situation eventually broke down. Use specific examples from the text and be sure you use your own words.