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2.12.2: Reading and Review Questions

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    1. What’s the purpose and effect of the first question in this dialogue being about the settlers and their religion? Why?
    2. What justification, if any, does the planter James Freeman give to the presence of slaves in this colony? How does he distinguish between “Blackmoors” and “Red Dun, or Tan’d Skin’d” slaves? Why? What rights or protections, if any, do slaves have?
    3. Why does Question make a point of asking about the possibility of “English people, and others” being made slaves upon their arrival in America? How does Freeman reassure Question? What attitudes towards “Blackmoors” and “Red Dun, or Tan’d Skin’d” slaves does Freeman reveal in his reassurance? What rights or protections, if any, do such indentured servants have?
    4. What advantages might laborers from England gain from apprenticing or indenturing themselves in order to emigrate to America?
    5. What relationship between the colony and England does Freeman describe? What is his attitude towards this relationship? How do you know?

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