Early Slavery

Various reasons led to the increase in the slavery tendencies, and this led to the increment in how they perceived each other. in the early 1600s, the primary workforce in the various farms consisted of servants imported from England (Smedley & Smedley, 2011). These were people who either owed money, or were convicts, and had to finish a term in hard labor for their freedom. They would then settle in the land.  There was no use of the term slaves, and these servants endured hard lives in labor, all for the promise of a better future. In the early 1600s, the relationship between the White and their Black slaves was more humane. The Whites had not yet exhausted the servant supply from England, and the Black slaves worked only for a five-seven-year term. They were let free after the term, and would then even own property (Smedley & Smedley, 2011). The Africans became synonymous with slavery due to the way their handling while in transit. They had to endure harsh conditions with no sanitation for over two months. The crewmen on the boats would beat them up, and there were cases of Englishmen hijacking the slavery ships, thus making them appear more as cargo rather than human beings (Smedley & Smedley, 2011). Racism was the primary condition that led to African slavery, since the Whites thought of themselves to be better than the Blacks, eventually degrading into full force slavery. The Whites considered the Indians and Irish unfavorable as the method of picking them entailed the direct confiscation of their land by the British (Smedley & Smedley, 2011). They were also less powerful when compared to the African labor force, and as such they White masters did not want to deal with them.




Smedley, A., & Smedley, B. D. (2011). Race in North America: Origin and Evolution of a Worldview. Westview Press.