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July 27, 2013

Essay on American History

What were the special characteristics of the population of Virginia in the seventeenth century and what accounted for them?
During the seventeenth century before the American Revolution the people of Virginia used to live in a slave family system where parents along with their slave kids live in the same house. The kids were given the name of their parents or other traditional American names. They reside with each other to prolong the sense of family. These kinds of slave marriages were not legal in most of the parts of America. Afterwards slaves began to distinguish afro American family system. A family system that is a mixture of white and African’s traditions. During the seventeenth century, a dramatic distinction of Indians and blacks were brought by the Chesapeake people of Maryland and Virginia. The characteristics of these families were humanity, short life span; marriages were not stable, and biased sex ratio etc. These developed the family relationship transient. Regardless of these conditions they were succeeded to enhance the social relationships with families and friends. High rate of dwellers in the Chesapeake Bay of Maryland and Virginia caused an imbalance in the sexes. This situation produced epidemic diseases in the region, prohibit the families to stabilize [Steven Mintz, Susan Kellogg (1988). Domestic revolution. The free press.]. By the middle of the century it became the society with roots. Until the last two decade the immigration rate in these regions was very high which created an unstable society and a significant increase in the population of Virginia [David Hackett Fischer (1989). Albion’s seed. Oxford university press.]. The death rate was increased in women than in men, the situation was later on little improved [Herbert S Klein. A population history of the United States. Cambridge.].  Moreover the culture of Virginia has the characteristics of society of orphans, widows, and stepparents and stepchildren. The dispersal of the population, the short life span of women and high immigration rate had developed a society with weak traditions and culture[Steven Mintz, Susan Kellogg (1988). Domestic revolution. The free press.].



References:
David Hackett Fischer (1989). Albion’s seed. Oxford university press.
Herbert S Klein. A population history of the United States. Cambridge.
Steven Mintz, Susan Kellogg (1988). Domestic revolution. The free press.


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