In an interview, Gayle King corrected Virginia Governor Ralph Northam who claimed that in 1619 the first Africans arrived in Virginia as indentured servants. But where the first Africans in Virginia enslaved or contract laborers? And what were the legacies of these early laws governing indentured servitude in the New World? Here are some podcast episodes recommended for discussing the distinctions between indentured servitude and enslavement and their legacies today.
The episode, as part of the show's series Seeing White on race in America, focuses on the relationship between race, labor, and capitalism in American colonies. The episode argues that certain laws and structure - "innovations" - became part of the foundation in the construction of whiteness as we understand it today.