Indentured Servants Vis-a-Vis Slaves

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Indentured Servants

Landless Europeans agreed to work under a form of contract labor for several years to pay off travel costs. During that time (indentured period) they received no compensation but food, room, and clothing were provided. The Masters could administer punishment and otherwise abuse to them, similar to the owners’ treatment of their slaves. The servants lack full political and civil rights. The indenture servant can sue when planters failed to fulfill their parts of the bargain. Servants who completed their years of labor became free and most indentured servants became landowners. )


The Slaves on the other hand was forced to work, threatened of physical punishment, and little freedom. Slaves were bought and sold like commodities; therefore they are personal property of the owner. The slaves have no civil rights at all. Slaves can not sue their owners, slaves punishments were severe from whipping, hanging or by being burned alive. Slaves as part of their owners’ personal property have no labor contracts; they can not make demands upon their owners for humane treatment, justice, and even land.

Chapter 1

In thirty-three days I passed over to the Indies with the fleet which the most illustrious King and Queen gave me; where I found very many islands peopled with inhabitants beyond number. And, of them all, I have taken possession for their Highnesses. To the first which I found, I gave the name San Salvador.  The author of this statement was

  1. Christopher Columbus
  2. The map, Voyages of Discovery,  depicts the circumnavigation of the world in 1519-1521 by
  3. Magellan and del Cano.

In Debating the Past: How Many Indians Perished with European Settlement   your text concludes that

  • millions of Indians probably died, although no numerical estimates are reliable.

According to your text, the organizing force in the effort to found English colonies came from

  • merchant capitalists.

The Pilgrims left England primarily because they

  • believed the Church of England was too corrupt to save.

Many Puritans left England around 1630 to settle in Massachusetts Bay because

  • Anglican cleric William Laud was removing ministers with Puritan sympathies and tightening his centralized control of the church.

The blood of so many hundred thousand souls of Protestants and Papists, spilled in the wars of present and former ages, for their respective consciences, is not required nor accepted by Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. An enforced uniformity of religion throughout a nation denies the principles of Christianity. The author of these statements was

  • Roger Williams.

She was banished from Massachusetts for claiming that she regularly received divine insights.

  • Anne Hutchinson

Our first concern was to keep up and maintain our religious worship. And, we have nothing but love and good will in our hearts, one to another. And as our worthy Proprietor treated the Indians with extraordinary humanity, they became very civil and loving to us. The colony described above was

  • Pennsylvania

According to your text, the cultural chasm between Europeans and Indians was most evident in the area of

  • warfare because Europeans fought in large groups to destroy their enemies, whereas Indians fought more often to display their courage or avenge a wrong.

Chapter 2

According to your text, the answer to the question.  What is an American is that Americans

  • have an identity deeply rooted in their history, but still incomplete and evolving.

According to your text, white women in the colonial Chesapeake region

  • found it easy to remarry if they were widowed.

The headright  was commonly used in the southern colonies and some of the middle colonies to

  • award tracts of land to new arrivals in the colonies.

The most accurate statement about tobacco during the seventeenth century is that it

  • grew on semi cleared land, but required a lot of human labor.

The main supporters of Virginia  s royal governor, Sir William Berkeley, during Bacon  s Rebellion were the

  • well-established, powerful planters.

Which statement about black resistance to slavery is true

  • Whites wildly exaggerated the danger of slave rebellions, depicting blacks as savage beasts.

Compared to the early colonists in the Chesapeake, those in colonial New England had

  • a far healthier habitat.

The main evidence presented against the accused witches in Salem Village was the

  • raving testimony of young girls.

Because of their ethnic and religious heterogeneity, the colonies which possessed traits that later would be seen as distinctly American were

  • the Middle Colonies.

Both Leisler  s Rebellion and the Paxton Boys uprising

  • caused violent, long-term civil wars in their respective colonies.


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