U.S. Labor and Work Before the End of Reconstruction

The British colonization of Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas, and Georgia in the 1600s was marked by an extensive demand for agricultural labor. As the assigned class readings show, planters shifted from using indentured servants for much of the 1600s to African slaves by the late 1600s and early 1700s. What factors contributed to the development of indentured servitude and slavery as labor systems? Why did the transition from indentured servitude to slavery occur? 

Write a 4 to 5 page, double-spaced paper in 12-point font that addresses the questions posed above. Be sure to base your claims on the assigned readings, documents, and other materials covered in class.  These include chapters 1 and 2 of the textbook and the “Evolution of slavery documents” and “South Carolina slave codes excerpts” in the Week 3 folder in resources section on Sakai.

Your paper should follow standard grammar, punctuation, and citation methods (APA, MLA, or Chicago).


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