In 1619, when slave ships first entered Jamestown Harbor, inter-racial relations had already been tested. Chief Powhatan’s tribe, including his daughter Pocahontas, was part of a social structure based on inequality. Pocahontas, typical of native women, lived most of her life naked. Tobacco plantations were worked by Native men. On the 400th anniversary of Euro-America’s introduction to African slavery, this study group explores its experience with the indigenous people; we will draw comparisons as appropriate. Our text, available free online, is Colonial: A Study of Virginia Indians and Jamestown
, by Danielle Moretti- Langholtz, et al. (National Park Service: 2005). It adds Native American perspectives to the early colonial history previously told by white men. No class on 01/20/20.