Labor changes in the united States in the 1600's Essay

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Shugarts 1 Nick Shugarts Professor Bill Ashcraft United States History I October 13, 2013 Analysis Paper #1 The 1600’s was a period of time where the American colonies began to form solid sovereign states. In an effort to find profitable resources that can be used to send back to Europe, one Virginia colonist John Rolfe started experimenting with tobacco in 1612 seeing how well it fared in the Southern soil which inevitably yielded favorable results. Upon this discovery, the tobacco industry led its engines at full steam ahead. In 1615, an estimated 2,000 pounds was exported which grew over the next 14 years to 1.5 million pounds (Lawson, 44). This rapid increase was a result of poor immigrants coming from Europe under the…show more content…
As the hopes for success in the “land of opportunity” grow, the reality of the situation comes with a price to pay. By 1777, the population throughout the colonies was at an estimated 2.5 million. The people who have established themselves in there were constantly competing with the increasing amount of free laborers for jobs. The demand for hardworking, able bodied people who were willing to work for very cheap or free was high which left many in poverty. As a result many were forced to reside at various almshouses established at every seaport city. As the populations rose, the land available for farming shrank which prompted families to move west to the frontier where they faced risks of attacks by hostile Native Americans. While African slaves were being used down in Barbados and other sugar producing islands, some of the more knowledgeable ones were brought up to North America to assist with cultivating rice and tending to livestock. These specialized slaves proved be to very useful as the rice trades became Shugarts 3 more profitable. When the amount of slaves increased on the plantation, the laws and policies became harsher and more brutal in order to brew fear in the Africans so they would be less inclined to act out against their masters. While many slaves heeded their warnings, quite a few became fed up with the inhumane and unethical methods these Caucasian people were putting them through which led to rebellions that caused murders and

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