The 13 English Colonies (Continued)

The 13 English Colonies (Continued)
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By: Priya Subramanian Mrs. Miele's Class Period 6

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  • I'm farmer and the soil here's pretty great! I can grow food in much better conditions than up in the North.
  • So, Jim, how is your farming going? 
  • Sort of. I make textiles and fabric and sometimes do make various clothing for others. But that's a job for a seamstress. A lot of people living in the Middle Colonies make money this way.  
  • So, do you make clothes for a living? 
  • I am an artisan and I make things like chairs and other things out of wood for a living.  I'm making toys for children.
  • I am a blacksmith and I forge tools from metal for a living.  It's no fun, but we're making a good share of money so that we can afford basic necesseties like food.
  • The climate in the Southern Colonies was very warm and the soil there was very rich. People who lived in the Southern Colonies had lots of plantations and grew lots of crops. They grew indigo crops, tobacco crops, cotton crops, and rice crops as well.  They had lots of indentured servants and slaves who worked on the plantations. 
  • I'm an indentured servant and we have more freedom than slaves...but we still have so much grueling work to do...
  • You see, I'm a slave to my master, and they treat me horribly...I get no pay and I still have to work for these people. 
  • Indentured Servants and slaves had a few differences, but the jobs that indentured servants had were far more tolerable than the jobs slaves had. These servants had more rights and were able to live with their master and the master's family.
  • I feel terrible for you - but you have very tolerable jobs. The indentured servants' jobs may not be good, but they're able to stay with their master and the master's family. 
  • You do have a point. At least I'm not a slave. 
  • I don't want to work here! 
  • Slaves were often doing hard labor and, unlike undentureed servants, didn't live with their master and the master's family.  
  • We don't want to work here like this!
  • The way they treat is completely unfair! We live in terrible conditions, and we get paid little to no money and are forced to work for our abusive masters!
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