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8. Freedom and Slavery
About this Lecture
In this final module, we take a look at how the ideas of freedom and slavery developed in the British colonies. While the white population increased dramatically in the 18th century so did the population of enslaved Africans. As free whites experienced more freedom and tolerance than ever before, Africans experienced the opposite. To protect their newfound freedom, the British colonists developed a stricter form of slavery in their colonies - one exclusively based on race. While in the Spanish colonies a slave might gain freedom later in life in the British colonies this was uncommon and actively discouraged in the British Colonies
In this course, Professor Alan Taylor (University of Virginia) explores the regions of the British colonies in North America. This course will explain how and why environmental and other factors shaped the development and expansion of various British colonies that developed and expanded from 1607 to 1754. The first two modules will examine the other major European colonies in North America and how these developed in the 17th and 18th centuries. We will then turn to look at the British colonies, looking at reach region individually. These regions were: (i) the West Indian and Southern Colonies; (ii) the Chesapeake Colonies; (iii) the Middle Colonies; (iv) the New England Colonies; and (v) the Northern Colonies. Finally we shall take a look at how ideas of freedom and slavery developed differently within the British colonies than in their Spanish and French equivalents.
Alan Taylor is the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He is a specialist in the early history of the United States and has written extensively about the colonial history of the United States, the American Revolution and the early American Republic. Taylor has received two Pulitzer Prizes and the Bancroft Prize, and was also a finalist for the National Book Award for non-fiction.
Cite this Lecture
Taylor, A. (2021, November 18). US History – The Regions of the British Colonies, 1607-1754 - Freedom and Slavery [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/us-history-the-regions-of-the-british-colonies/freedom-and-slavery
Taylor, A. "US History – The Regions of the British Colonies, 1607-1754 – Freedom and Slavery." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 18 Nov 2021, https://massolit.io/courses/us-history-the-regions-of-the-british-colonies/freedom-and-slavery