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unc70 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-27-10 12:30 AM
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20. Racial, chattel slavery started in MA, not VA
"The first official legal recognition of chattel slavery as a legal institution in British North America was in Massachusetts, in 1641, with the Body of Liberties. Slavery was legalized in New Plymouth and Connecticut when it was incorporated into the Articles of the New England Confederation (1643). Rhode Island enacted a similar law in 1652. That means New England had formal, legal slavery a full generation before it was established in the South. Not until 1664 did Maryland declare that all blacks held in the colony, and all those imported in the future, would serve for life, as would their offspring. Virginia followed suit by the end of the decade. New York and New Jersey acquired legal slavery when they passed to English control in the 1660s."

http://www.slavenorth.com/slavenorth.htm


I agree about death rates in the colonies; insects and disease in the southern colonies were horrible. Malaria, typhoid, yellow fever. Conditions were little better in the northern ones.

Colonial NJ possibly had the worst treatment of slaves of any colony. The slave traders, almost all from from RI, MA, CT, NY, were brutal in their own ways.

It was a brutish world for everyone. Wives and children were routinely beaten, even in "good" families. The poor were poor because they were inferior, and that was God's will, predestined. Calvinism run amuck.


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