Essay about Clash of Cultures

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Clash of Cultures
Ronald Hayes
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Dr. AUDREY MORRISSETTE February 20, 2013

There were abundant amount of immigrants that were indentured servants, individuals (immigrants) who came to America and was placed under contract to work for another over a period of time, usually seven years, especially during the 17th to 19th centuries. Generally, indentured servants included redemptioners, victims of religious or political persecution, persons kidnapped for the purpose, convicts, and paupers. Indentured servants first arrived in America in the decade following the settlement of Jamestown by the Virginia Company in 1607. Originally, most of colonies laws that were passed concerned the indentured servants,
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Farmers, planters, and shopkeepers in the colonies found it very difficult to hire free workers, primarily because it was so easy for potential workers to set up their own farms.” By this, there freedom steered to minimal servants because as England improved their economy, the lower amount people wanted to become servants.
The first Africans to be brought to English North America landed in Virginia in 1619. These individuals appear to have been treated as indentured servants, and a significant number of enslaved Africans even won their freedom through fulfilling a work contract or for converting to Christianity. The Africans lived with the European colonists in their landowner’s house and most of them earned their freedom. During the 1680s the colonies originated a slave-based society. This evolved into the increase of laws that would make slavery a long-term institution. It was set that whatever state the mother was in, affected the condition of the child well-being; so if the mother was a slave, the child was a slave as well. Allowing the male slaveholders to use this to their advantage, and have double the slaves and go after mother with kids and or pregnant them. An addition to new laws for slaves and servants was if women servant/slave who had children by their slave masters that they would be punished by having to do two years of indentured servitude with the churchwardens after their finished obligations with their slave

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