Slavery and the Making of [US] America (HUM455)

For those interested, I found a PBS documentary on slavery in the British Colonies and the United States. The first episode is interesting because it demonstrates that initially at least “the color line” was not operative in the way that it would become. For the most part indentured or “transported” whites and enslaved Blacks worked and lived in bondage together. The primary difference, of course, was that white prisoners and indentures were not subject to the principle of partus sequitur ventrum– i.e., that “the child shall follow the condition of the mother”.

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