Essay on Slavery and the American Revolution

1771 Words Mar 7th, 2013 8 Pages
TiAnna Porter
HIST 2010
Josué Rey
6 March 2013
A Slave Owner’s Cry for Freedom In the years from 1600 to 1783 the thirteen colonies in North America were introduced to slavery and underwent the American Revolutionary War. Colonization of the New World by Europeans during the seventeenth century resulted in a great expansion of slavery, which later became the most common form of labor in the colonies. According to Peter Kolchin, modern Western slavery was a product of European expansion and was predominantly a system of labor. Even with the introduction of slavery to the New World, life still wasn’t as smooth as we may presume. Although the early American colonists found it perfectly fine to enslave an entire race of people, they
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