Zinn, Chapter 2

Reading Guide

What were the circumstances surrounding the arrival of the English settlers in Virginia?


Why was tobacco a successful crop?


Why did the Indians laugh at the early English settlers?


Why were the Africans easier to enslave?


Compare the slavery in Africa to slavery in America.


Describe the process of becoming a slave from Africa? (Include the middle passage)


Why is it important to note whether slavery is natural or learned?


It might be assumed that Africans accepted their role as slaves what does Zinn offer to contrast that?



How did the American slave owners keep slaves from rebelling?


What subdued the rebellion or discontent of the poor white or formally indentured servants?


What are small "gifts of status"?



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