American Stories: Living American History, Volume I, To 1877 by Jason Ripper

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There is no way to know for sure who introduced whom to scalping, but native and colonist alike sliced off enemies’ scalps to use as trophies and as proof of victory. Sometimes victims were scalped before being killed. Some scalping victims survived. ) Powhatan fighters sometimes tied up a captive, flayed him, chopped up his body, and then burned him, all while the man was alive. At Jamestown, whipping was a basic punishment. In England, at least 200 crimes were punishable by hanging, including spilling a pail of milk if the act was done intentionally.

Skin-color status started to change in 1662 when Virginia made it law 29 AMERICAN STORIES that the child of a female slave would also be a slave—for life. There were indentured, white female servants in Virginia at the time, but seemingly no white female slaves, so the law was making slavery and African heritage one and the same. Anthony and Mary Johnson moved to Maryland in 1665 onto a 350-acre plantation. After Anthony died, in 1670 the courts in Virginia seized his old property, declaring that a “negroe” was by definition an “alien” and could not be guaranteed property rights.

The remaining prisoners were set free in 1693. The Salem trials can be seen as commonplace when considered as part of a larger European-derived culture where literally thousands of people accused 18 COLONIAL NEW ENGLAND of witchcraft (about 80 percent of them women) had been executed. However, the Salem witch trials were actually an aberration in colonial America. They resulted in the only mass executions for witchcraft in the colonies. Colonial America had already become different from the European societies that spawned it.

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