Slavery And The Slave Labor Essay

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The argument with the obsessive question of whether or not slave labor was profitable as well as free. The question remains could a southern farmer who made money have made more money if he had employed free workers? The question remains with deep speculation as the comparisons between free labor and slave labor in the south slave plantations were valued with low expectations considering the varying climate conditions, the nature of the crops and many other reasons. Why not Native Americans or the white indentured servants. The Native Americans caught many diseases from the Europeans. Those who survived usually ran away from captivity. The white indentured servants were under contract not to be held against their will. For the first half of the 1600’s the slave population grows as the need to limit indentured servitude. Land in America was available for sale at any time. Which allowed the white indentured servants to save and purchase the land. As a result, the population grew in order for southern farmers to meet their labor needs. By 1750 there were over 235,000 enslaved Africans in America. About 85% lived in the Southern region. Enslaved Africans made up about 40% percent of the South’s population. The first arrivals of Africans in America were treated similarly to the indentured servants in Europe. Black servants were treated very differently from the white servants. By 1740 the slavery system in colonial America had fully developed. Slavery was founded in
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