Effects Of Slavery In Virginia

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Before the enslavement of Africans was initiated into English colonies it was more common in Central and South America. The first Africans were brought to Jamestown in 1619. Their current status included working for an employer in exchange for passage to the New World. It was a whole labor system where they had contracts in place. This status was also shared with poor whites. Virginia colonists did not originally see or identify themselves as “whites”. They went by Christians or Englishmen and the English only enslaved non-Christians. Therefore a slave could become free by converting to Christianity. Changes in the rights of slaves from indentured servants to basically non-or minimum rights came about once the demand for more
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