Ap World History Dbq Research Paper

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One of the biggest changes in colonial society between 1600 and 1775 was population. Between the 1600s and early 1700s, the number of English emigrants sharply increased, with roughly 164,000 people setting in the colonies (Forner, Give Me Liberty 54). However, in the eighteenth century, “…African and non-English European arrivals skyrocketed” (Forner, Give Me Liberty 107), not only adding to the colonies’ population but making it more diverse as well. We can also see that the surviving Indian populations, who were most often thought of as a threat by the British, were beginning to be viewed as an ally. In fact, “By the eighteen century, Indian communities were well integrated into the British imperial system” (Forner, Give Me Liberty 111), again showing a more diverse and substantial population. Along with the population increase came religious diversity. With so many people from…show more content…
For example, “free” immigrant Johannes Hanner described his time in the colonies very positively in “Letter by an Immigrant to Pennsylvania” (1769), stating “I always have enough [work] to do and we have no shortage of food” (Forner, Voices of Freedom 54), going as far as to say that he lives in a free country. This, however, is almost directly contradicted in “An Apprentice’s Indenture Contract” (1718), which is William Matthews’, an indentured servant, terms and conditions to which he has to comply with for an apprenticeship. William, when agreeing to his contract, signed away some of his rights for seven years of his life like “He shall not…contract matrimony within the said term…Without a license from his master he shall neither buy nor sell during the said term…He shall not absent himself day or night from his master’s service without his leave” (Forney, Voices of Freedom 55-56). How can a country where you can sign away some of your personal freedoms for seven years be considered

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