European settlement of the Americas

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European settlement of the Americas

European settlement of the Americas

Week 2: A Meeting of Three Worlds: Europe, Africa and American Colonization, 1492-1680.

Who Built America? 7-56.

Bartolome de las Casas, “In Defense of the Indians” (1550)

C.L.R James, “The Old United States.” from A History of Pan-African Revolt (1938)

Week 3: Servitude, Slavery, and the Growth of the Southern Colonies, 1620-1760.

Who Built America? 63-106

Traveler Peter Kalm on Unfree Labor in Pennsylvania (1753)

Week 4: Family Labor and Growth of the Northern Colonies, 1640-1760.

Paper Assignments:

Paper Assignment 1

“The beginning of European settlement of the Americas from 1492 was marked by an extensive demand for labor. As the assigned class readings and film documentaries show, the earliest forms of labor involved both coerced labor and forms of indentured servitude that utilized the work of Europeans, Native Americans and African peoples. By the late 1600s, this fluid labor arrangement became more restrictive and formalized, with a form of racially (African) based slavery imposed in North America. What factors contributed to this development? How and why did this transformation occur?”

Write a 5 page paper that addresses the question posed above. In your response, be sure to base your claims on materials read in the assigned readings (you do not need to read additional sources for this assignment.)

All papers should follow standard grammar, punctuation and citation methods.

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