Indentured Servants and Slaves in the U.S.

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A plantation economy, an economy founded on an agricultural mass production like tobacco, sustained the source of income of the Chesapeake regions, consisting Virginia, Maryland, and northern North Carolina. The early settlers soon realized the urgent need for labor in the New World. Due to the fact that many potential immigrants could not afford an expensive trip across the Atlantic, the Virginia Company developed the system of indentured servitude to attract common laborers. Since tobacco required intensive hand labor all year round, indentured servants have become vital to the colonial economy. "Virginia Servant and Slave Laws" represent the elaborate efforts of masters' to profit from indentured servants and slaves against runaway and rebellions of the servants of slaves, which hastened the transition to racial slavery that has been the source of racial discrimination issues.
Plant owners established the rules through "Virginia Laws Governing Servants and Slaves" that stretch the original terms of servitude and have special restrictions to exploit as much labor from the serva...
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