To "doe some good upon their countrymen": The Paradox of Indian Slavery in Early Anglo-America

  title={To "doe some good upon their countrymen": The Paradox of Indian Slavery in Early Anglo-America},
  author={Michael J. Guasco},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  pages={389 - 411}
The enslavement of Indians by Englishmen in seventeenth-century America is often characterized by historians as an inconsequential phenomenon that either presaged the large scale enslavement of African peoples or, conversely, resulted from the expansion of the plantation complex. The early enslavement of Indians, however, was neither closely related to emerging labor demands nor an accident of Anglo-American colonialism. Indian slavery was purposeful and rationalized, often, by pointing to the… Expand
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