Slavery During The 19th Century

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In the early 17th century, the system of racial slavery had yet to be established. Slavery in North America evolved unevenly over the years, and the nature of slavery changed according to time, region and the colonizer. Generally, slaves suffered from malnutrition, diseases, intense labor and physical abuse from the slaveowners. The life of plantation generation was much harder as compared to charter generation. These people hardly escaped slavery as manumission was strongly discouraged by the colonizers. They had no right to have property or marry even in their own race. In Chesapeake, from charter generation to plantation generation slavery increased drastically and it was made legal, the family life of black people was truncated and an assimilationist culture was established. These changes occurred as a result of tobacco plantation and the colonizer’s attempt of generating revenue by increasing the number of slaves by importing them from Africa. In Chesapeake, as the number of English men and women declined to work as indentured servants because of improving economy in England, the hesitance of whites to enslave native americans along with the decline in birth rate of Britishers created an immense need for labor. The laborers were needed to clear the land, cultivate tobacco crops, perform skilled labor and many other tasks related to the plantation of tobacco. Europeans did not know much about growing crops, however, africans knew this skill well, as it was a big part

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