It is this plantation slavery, the advent of the plantation and disciplined, exploitative labor that begins to transform notions of race.
That colony produced many key leaders of the early republic like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson who secured American independence from Great Britain. Once they were in VA, there were simply not enough laborers to produce food to keep the colony afloat, and relations with the natives were not good enough to provide supplies.
And his wrestling with these concerns takes him in a variety of directions. This powder keg exploded during Bacon's Rebellion in the 's. They sleep together. Anyone could tell black from white, even if black was actually brown or red.
Is America still colonial Virginia writ large? To lash out at those who provided necessary food was suicidal, in Morgan's view, and could only be explained by the unsustainability of English ideas of their own superiority: "[T]he Indians, keeping to themselves, laughed at your superior methods and lived from the land more abundantly and with less labor than you did.
Why, when so many other scholarly books can barely provide their authors with fifteen minutes of fame, has Morgan's withstood twenty-five years of new research and changing scholarly fashion?
Research on the availability of white indentured servants in the second half of the seventeenth century concludes that Virginia planters did not initiate the turn away from indentured servants after Bacon's Rebellion but were simply responding to a diminishing supply of English labor by