Agriculture, Servitude, and Racism

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This essay covers the culture of the south and how it became an important region of the American nation during the colonial period.

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Rocio HinojosaHistorical Problems Paper #2Brad Duren 4/25/2009After tobacco proved profitable in Virginia, plantations grew. The landowners needed laborers to work the fields; they called for indentured servants. These servants were brought over by the shipload and auctioned off at the dock upon their arrival. The more of these servants a plantation owner had the more he could produce. The more a landowner could produce the more capital with which to purchase more land and more servants. Virginia differed from later American boom areas in that success depended not on acquiring the right piece of land but on acquiring men. Land that would grow tobacco was everywhere, so abundant that people frequently did not bother at first to secure patents for the amounts they were entitled to. Instead men rushed to stake out claims to men, stole them, lured them, fought over them, and bought and sold them, bidding up the prices to four, five, and six times the initial cost1.Life for these servants was horrible. If the malaria outbreaks didn't kill them within a few years, then the work routine imposed by their masters did. These indentured servants were the property of a small group of tough, ambitious planters in whom political and social power was so concentrated that they did not contain their behavior. If a freeman were to speak against those in power the punishment would be very sever. They would have their limbs broken and their tongues mutilated; they would be be

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