In the 17th century, as the British colonies in the Americas were getting established in places like Jamestown, VA, the system of chattel slavery was also developing. Today, we’ll learn about the role that slavery played in early American economy and how slavery became a legally accepted practice in the first place, and how it contributed to the colony’s early economic success. We’ll look at the experiences of Anthony Johnson and John Punch to see how legal precedents that greatly influenced the development of slavery were set.
- Preview (Part 0)
- The Transatlantic Slave Trade (Part 1)
- Slavery In The Colonies (Part 2)
- Elizabeth Key (Part 3)
- Slave Codes (Part 4)