People are often quick to note that they are being exploited but overlook their exploitation of others. In colonial British America, for instance, propertied colonials exploited Native Americans, African Americans and indentured servants; but by the time of the American Revolution these same colonials rebelled against the subservient status the British attempted to impose on the colonies. Using specific examples from your lecture and readings, discuss some of the exploitative relations that arose between propertied colonials and Native Americans, African Americans, and indentured servants in the North American colonies. How did these relations emerge, what were the power dynamics, and what sort of conflicts arose out of the exploitative relationships?
unit 1 before 1877