THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS REST2

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In the early 17th century, European settlers in North America turned to African slaves as a cheaper, more plentiful labor source than indentured servants (who were mostly poorer Europeans). When a Dutch ship brought 20 Africans ashore at the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia in 1619, slavery spread throughout the American colonies.

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Case Study: There Is No Such Thing as RestJohn SimpsonProfessor Deanna LindseyIntroduction to SociologyNovember 12th, 20111. Discuss the historical events that provided the foundation of slavery within the U.S.In the early 17th century, European settlers in North America turned to African slaves as a cheaper, more plentiful labor source than indentured servants (who were mostly poorer Europeans). When a Dutch ship brought 20 Africans ashore at the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia in 1619, slavery spread throughout the American colonies. It is impossible to give accurate figures, so some historians have estimated that 6 to 7 million slaves were bought to the New World during the 18th century alone. In the 17th and 18th centuries, black slaves worked mainly on the tobacco, rice and indigo plantations of the southern coast. After the American Revolution (1775-83), many colonists particularly in the North, began to link the oppression of black slaves to their own oppression by the British, and they called for the abolishment of slavery. After the war's end, however, the new U.S. Constitution acknowledged the institution, counting each slave as three-fifths of a person for the purposes of taxation and representation in Congress and guaranteeing the right to repossess any "person held to service or labor" (an obvious euphemism for slavery). [ CITATION His111 \l 1033 ] The invention of the cotton gin in 1793 solidified the central importance of slavery

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