24th September 2014
A.P U.S History
Summary of the Time Period
The Labor Problem at Jamestown by Edmund S. Morgan was taken place during the time 1607-1618. Jamestown was established in the year 1607 May 14th. Though Jamestown was the first settlement in America it had very many problems such as labor problems in the text it states “Men spend their time bowling in the streets when their lives depended on work...plow and plant crops that have kept them alive” I think what the authors is trying to make visual for us is to let us know as a audience to show the conditions and social and economic problems of the people back then. The quote above states that the people payed more attention to making money off of tobacco and not the crop that keeps them alive as a whole of Jamestown. This is just one of the problems that was faced against the first settlement of America. Going off that idea being prepared is probably the biggest problem due to the investors sending off the Orphans, Homeless and the prisoners to work on the new land. The reason this was bad was because of the fact they were too focused on the idea of growing tobacco and making money not growing the plant that kept them alive.
The key ideas of the text “The Labor Problem at Jamestown” that I was not thoroughly sure of was the idea of sending the “Lower class” people over to the new world. I can infer that the people of England were doing this for the reason as if it does not work out the rich people would not be affected. Another reason I did not understand why the sent the lower class people over there is because of the fact that they were not prepared whatsoever. For example the people were very focused on farming tobacco and trading and such. The people were just thinking of ways to make money off of tobacco instead of surviving so that shows that the people were more focused about money than actually living and that created problems. I...