The Southern Colonies Questions and Answers
Why were the southern colonies better than the other two regions of colonies (New England, Middle Colonies)?
In his book Forced Founders, author Woody Holton argues that the American Revolution in Virginia, commonly believed to be the struggle by Virginian “gentlemen” to protect and expand their freedom, was the result of the powerful influence of non-elites: Indians, debtors, merchants, slaves, and smallholders (yeomen). How, according to Holton, did each of the non-elite groups push Virginia’s gentlemen into revolution? Can one agree with Holton’s argument for the causes of the revolution, or was the revolution simply a revolt against British taxes and monarchy?
Compare the settlements of Virginia and Massachusetts in regard to their founding religion, form of government, and landholding patterns. It is noted that settlers to New England had a greater life expectancy than those to colonies south of the Chesapeake Bay. Why?
If the cotton gin had not been invented by Eli Whitney. How might that have changed the development of the South economically, socially,and politically?
Explain the economic, social and psychological factors that caused Europeans and Americans to enslave Africans. Why was there a shift from indentured servants to African slaves? Describe how slavery differed in the different regions of British America. What liberties, if any, were extended to slaves from one region to another? What was the impact of the Stono Rebellion?
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