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...sing white people as slaves had many disadvantages. Firstly, supply became difficult as most indentured servants served for only a fixed set of time and then was free. This means they had to repeatedly refresh the work force. Also, it was easy for white servants to escape because they blended in and did not seem like a runaway slave. To top it off, many indentured servants expected to land at the end of his or her contract. This is when Negro slavery became an attractive idea. Africans were in a strange environment and unfamiliar with the local language and culture. They could not escape their position. Their obvious difference in appearance made it harder for them to run away because they could be easily identified. The racial difference also made it easier to justify the cruelty that comes with slavery because the Europeans could separate themselves from them.
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