Slavery didn’t become a real thing in the American Colonies until the first African American arrived in Jamestown in 1619 as a servant and not a slave. Slavery became more effective when the House of Burgesses established it in 1670, but for all the servants who weren’t Christian had to be slaves for the rest of their lives. “Compared with indentured servants, slaves offered planters many advantages” (97)[footnoteRef:1].Although slaves weren’t as important as others they contributed a lot towards the plantation and owners. Importing slaves were a way that planters and the government solved the shortage of labor. [1: Foner, Eric. Voices of Freedom: A Documentary History. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.,2004]
According to Pennsylvania Gazette, July 1738 “slaves and indentured servants frequently expressed their desire for freedom by running away” (68)[footnoteRef:2]. Slaves and indentured slaves weren’t free but to make themselves feel free and to express themselves they tried to escape, but eventually end up getting caught and must return to their plantation to get beaten to death or just killed. The slaves knew they wasn’t going to get far but still tried anyways because. Slaves and servants escaped together despite their different races and backgrounds they stuck together. Even though servants would become free after seven years and slaves were slaves for life they still came together. [2: Foner, Eric. Give me Liberty! an American history. New York: W.W Norton & Co., 2008]
The difference between servants and slaves is that servants agreed to work for several years in exchange for transportation to the colonies while slaves were different people brought to America against...