Slavery Effects on North America

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Slaveries effects on North America
Slavery was present in the United States from the moment the declaration of independence was signed. It 's presence during this critical time period of development in the United States, from the day the United States was founded and beforehand allowed for it to interweave itself in almost all aspects of America; primarily economically, politically, and socially. Slavery impacted America in numerous ways, from the political balancing act of free and slave states, to the growth of the southern slave centered economy, slaveries presence during americas infancy was extremely influencing.
Slavery was first introduced to english north america in Jamestown, Virginia 1619. A dutch slave trader made port and
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It stated “There shall never be any bond slavery, villeinage, or captivity amongst us unless it be lawful captives taken in just wars, and such strangers as willingly sell themselves or are sold to us...”[2] Before long many other colonies followed suit, including Virginia. Virginia created much new legislation regarding slavery and set the precedent for future slave codes. They legally acknowledged slavery in the 1661 fugitive slave act.[3] On december 12, 1662 they created a law stating, “Whereas some doubts have arisen whether children got by any Englishman upon a Negro woman should be slave or free...all children born in this country shall be held bond or free only according to the condition of the mother...”,[4] meaning that slave masters who raped their female slaves would come away scot free of any problems. The child would live on the plantation as a slave.
In 1705 the virginia assembly finalized the transformation to african slavery by passing the slave laws that stated "All servants imported and brought into the Country...who were not Christians in their native Country...shall be accounted and be slaves.”[5] It also stated that if slaves rebelled or did not follow orders, their master could punish them however he pleased. A master could even kill the slave and receive no punishment. This was thought to be acceptable for two reasons. First, slaves did not have any money
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