Virginia was set-up in a way so that the poor and rich could both successfully succeed with the system of slavery in place. This continued all the way through the creation of the republic and eventually died after the Civil War.
The economic and social system of Virginia, and the later American Republic, depended on the poor working class and slavery. Without this backbone to the economy, the Virginia system of government, as well as economy wouldn't have been able to develop so quickly. Racism was the device used to keep poor blacks and slaves down, and the poor whites were oppressed as well.
The enslavement of blacks was necessary for the success of the Virginia colony (and the nation as a whole) both due to the free labor it provided as well as the stability it lent to the developing society.
This chapter focuses on the gap between the poor class and the rich class. I was particularly shocked by how Andrew Fletcher, who came up with the idea to enslave the poor was endorsed by Thomas Jefferson.
The class system solely depended on the difference between the poor and the rich, this led to the rich getting paranoid and coming up with the idea of oppressing the poor and slaves in order to remain rich and powerful.
The development of the republic depended on the system of slavery and the divisions between the poor and rich classes. America couldn't function without slaves, or without the poor.
This chapter describes the niche black slaves fit in order to build colonial Virginia(and the US later on). This system of oppression trickled down from the aristocrats, the middle class, the white poor and lastly, the black poor.
Virginia was established to ensure that the poor would remain poor, and the rich stay wealthy. The system of slavery and the republic was created to limit the amount of competition within society.
As Virginia progressed the way of slavery, they also progressed the system of keeping the poor, poor and the rich, rich. By doing this it was easier to manipulate the poor into voting a certain way to ensure the success of the wealthy rather than the lower class.
The success of the Virginian colony and the country as a whole was largely due to the enslavement and free labor of Africans. In addition, the development of racism against blacks directly reflected the hatred and fear of the lower class in England at the time due to the assertion of power over others.
Slavery in Virginia gave Virginia and the American colonies the independence and strength it needed to stand up to British tyranny and unite the colony and America. Virginians created a sense of liberty and equality because they were blinded by the facade of the united view of racism.
In this chapter, the author explains how the Virginian economy developed quickly due to the slavery of African-Americans. England was able to manipulate the poor white people by using racism.