Printed text under the title "The Usefulness of Negro Labor"
Original Author: Francis Simkins, Sidman Poole, and Spotswood Hunnicutt
Created: 1957
Medium: Printed page

Seventh-Grade Textbook Ignoring the Cruelty of Slavery

This section of the seventh-grade textbook Virginia: History, Government, Geography(1957), produced under the aegis of the Virginia History and Textbook Commission, describes how useful and successful slavery was in enriching the English colony in Virginia—while ignoring the inhumanity and cruelty of enslaving human beings. The authors state that using enslaved African workers was preferable to using white indentured servants, the most important reason being that, at the end of an agreed-upon term of service, indentured servants were freed; meanwhile African workers faced a lifetime of enslavement for themselves and their descendants.

Citation: Virginia: History, Government, Geography. F226 .S5 1957. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA