Date Thesis Awarded

4-2015

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)

Department

History

Advisor

Julie Richter

Committee Member

Jody Allen

Committee Member

Monika Gosin

Abstract

This paper analyzes how the language used in 17th-century laws and court cases refers to enslaved Africans and other servants, and it explores what this language reveals about regional differences in how Virginia colonists conceptualized ethnicity and labor in their society.

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