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Views on Slavery by Higginbotham, Jr.,Winthrop D. Jordan, and Edmund S. Morgan

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A Leon Higginbotham Jr.'s debate in The Ancestry of Inferiority (1619-1662), is that the people of Virginia had already began to think of black people, be it they had been liberated or indentured servants, as inferior to themselves prior to slavery was institutionalized. The Colonist's had already begun to strategize legalities in reference on how black people were more disciplined. Higginbotham has two explanations why Africans weren't afforded the same liberties as that of the white indentured servants in Virginia. The first reason he states is that the vast majority of white indentured servants came to Virginia on their own free will. Once they had completed their five or seven-year contract with their master, they were free to buy land and begin working for themselves. Unlike the African's that he claims were brought here against their will or for desperation. The second reasoning is that the English thought that the black represented evil or danger and because African's skin coloring was black, they need to be evil. Higginbotham offers a couple of examples representing just how the English prior to the actual term of slavery being used, were already creating a racial difference in the judicial system. From court cases that he has reviewed, he states one must find what the case is not saying verses what it is. Whenever the English identified people with names the only time skin color was not used in context is when that person was a white person. Another case he made use of is a good example of black inferiority to white superiority in the early 17th century is in the case In Re Graweere, 1641. The court made certain that a particular African father had no value in society when attempting to receive his child back. However, because his son was...

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