Slavery and the Making of America
Worksheet: "Half-Freedom and Indentured Servitude"

Name: __________________________________________

Period: _____________________

When was the first recorded marriage between black people in Dutch New Amsterdam? Why was it important to slaves that a marriage is recognized by the government?

What was the Dutch system of "half-freedom"? How did it affect the black family?

How does indentured servitude differ from slavery? When John Punch, a black indentured servant, is tried for running away from his master, what is his punishment? How does it differ from the punishment of his two comrades?

The first Episode of SLAVERY AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA is called "The Downward Spiral." Why is this an appropriate title?

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