(Solution) HIST405N Week 1 discussion: Case study

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook)

Optional Resources to Explore
Feel free to review the library guide for scholarly sources and videos at the following link:

The purposes of each case study assignment include the following:

  • To hone your abilities to research using scholarly sources
  • To advance critical thinking and writing skills
  • To compile a response to the prompts provided
  • To explore a historical topic and make connections to change over time

Pick one (1) of the following topics. Then, address the corresponding questions/prompts for your selected topic:

Option 1: Exploration and Effects on Native Americans

  • Explain what motivated the European world powers to explore the Americas.
  • Describe the economic effects of exploration based on the Colombian exchange.
  • Analyze the effects of exploration on Native Americans.
  • Based on research, analyze if Europeans might be held accountable for transmitting Old World diseases to people in the Western Hemisphere.

Option 2: Slavery vs. Indentured Servitude

  • Explain how and why slavery developed in the American colonies.
  • Describe in what ways the practice of slavery was different between each colonial region in British North America.
  • Analyze the differences between slaves and indentured servants.

Option 3: Women in Colonial America

  • Pick two colonies (New England, Middle, or Southern colonies) and explain how women’s roles differ in the two colonies of your choice.
  • Describe what legal rights women held during the colonial period.
  • Analyze how Native women’s lives were different from colonial women’s lives.

Make sure to use your course text and incorporate an additional scholarly source from the Chamberlain Library in your response.

Writing Requirements (APA format)

  • Length: 1-2 pages (not including title page or references page)
  • Use standard essay writing process by including an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Title page
  • References page (minimum of 1 scholarly source)
  • No abstract is required
  • In-text citations that correspond with your end references


Slavery started during the colonial era and continued even after independence. In the early colonial era, the colonies relied on labor supplied by indentured servants. There were African and British indentured servants. However, this practice had a lot of challenges. These, coupled with the conflict between Africans and the British, led to the rise of slavery. This paper explores how and why slavery emerged in colonial America. It also documents differences between slaves and indentured servants.

Slavery was developed as a solution to the growing need for labor in colonial America. Physical power was needed to maintain society through economic activities such as the processing of raw materials and working in the fields. Power drawn from animals, water, wind, and other humans was rather inadequate (Corbett et al., 2016). Colonists were less than the needed labor force. Spain responded to this crisis by introducing encomiendas. These were a set of legal rights granted to native laborers. English colonists originally relied on indentured servants. These were primarily members of the English underclass who found the promise of living in America to be attractive (Corbett et al., 2016). Still, there was a demand for more labor especially since indentured servants were bound to attain their freedom. Hence, the search for…Please click the icon below to purchase the full answer at only $10