Helping the Poor Whites in the Book, American Slavery, American Freedom by Edmund S. Morgan

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American Slavery, American Freedom was written by Edmund S. Morgan, a professor at Yale University, who was born in 1916 and studied with very well-known professors at Harvard. The book is broken down into four sections: early English colonization, the beginning of a stable colony in Virginia, the indentured servant class and African slaves as a permanent labor.
The first book Morgan talks about the relationship between the English colonists and the American Indians who inhabited the land previously. The issues between the two groups started when The Virginia Company refused to rely on the Indians for any help living on this new land and when the king gave all of the “power” to The Virginia Company, they still fought on having the Indians
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Indians were being forbidden from buying land and if they damaged land owned by whites, then members of their tribe were often kidnapped and tortured. As time went on and the colony needed more people, captains began bringing desperate men, criminals and unlikely men to the colony to work. The arrivals of these men lead to the creation of a group of rebellious supporters of Nathaniel Bacon, who wanted the governor to approve aggressive actions toward the Indians. When their request was denied, Bacon’s Rebellion occurred and Morgan mentioned that this action showed the resentment of the Indians was stronger than the resentment of the wealthy people of England.
In the fourth section of American Slavery, American Freedom, Morgan talked about the transition from servants to African slaves and the beginnings of racism within the colony, poor and wealthy whites and the beginnings of a revolution. Many thought that the transition from servants to slaves was something that was going to be destructive and difficult, however the appearance of racism within the colony made the transition much easier and the people of the colony purchased slaves from Africa rather than servants from England. In 1619 slavery became known around the world, but because of the high mortality rates of Africans, it was neither successful nor profitable for those in charge. Slavery was officially recognized in 1661, after conditions for traveling improved and more than half of the labor was
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