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  • Date Submitted: 10/16/2013 08:29 PM
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African slavery played a significant role in the history of North America in the period of European colonization. In 17th and 18th centuries, Slavery was practiced throughout the American colonies and African-American slaves helped build the economic foundation of the new nation. The Chesapeake colonizes began as societies with slaves, not slave societies. However, it slowly evolves into a slave society through tobacco revolution from charter generation to planation generation in terms of living condition, type of labor, sex and population ratio and slave rights. For example, in charter generation, the Chesapeake slaves worked according to customary English practices and no slaves code in the 17th century. But during plantation revolution, planters elaborated a slave code that singled out people of African descent as slaves and made their status hereditary.
        The black African slaves lose their appropriate rights from charter generation to plantation revolution in the Chesapeake. Through the first fifty years of English and African settlement in the Chesapeake, back and white workers lived and worked together and free Atlantic creoles were part of the larger Chesapeake society (Pujara, 9/16). The salves can married in churches, raised their children and gained their freedom. At this point, there was no law to define the boundaries of slavery. As a result, slaves often have better living conditions and appropriate rights. For instance, Anthony Johnson and Francis Payne been slaves of the Portuguese, they both were listed by the names Antonia and Francisco at the time of arrival. But when they worked for white planters in Virginia, eventually, they not only gained freedom, but also becoming landowners and even slaveholders (Franklin, 51). They enjoyed some free rights during the period of charter generation, such as owning plantations and slaves themselves. But in plantation generation, the planter class began the transformation of black life in the...


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