White Servitude and the Growth of Black Slavery in Colonial America

  title={White Servitude and the Growth of Black Slavery in Colonial America},
  author={David W. Galenson},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  pages={39 - 47}
  • David W. Galenson
  • Published 1 March 1981
  • History, Economics
  • The Journal of Economic History
The role of white servitude evolved in a similar way during the American colonial period in those West Indian and southern mainland colonies where slavery became quantitatively important. The change from primary reliance on bound white labor to the use of slaves occurred in two steps, with an initial transition from servants to slaves in unskilled field work, followed some time later by widespread training of blacks and substitution of slaves for servants in skilled occupations. The timing of… 

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