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Carl N Degler believes that prior to the development of slave statutes in any of the North American colonies whether servant or free were treated as inferior to whites Degler states that when the Negroes were first imported into the English colonies there was no law of slavery and therefore whatever status they were to have would be worked out in the future From this absence of a status for black men made it possible for almost any kind of status to be worked out Also whether or not black men were accorded the same status of white men servant or free depended on the reactions of the people who received the Negroes Degler agrees with the Handlins when they emphasize that before the seventeenth century the Negro was rarely called a slave But Degler declares the fact that no discriminatory title is placed on the Negro we must not think that he was being treated like a white servant Degler supports his theory that the peculiar character of slavery in the English colonies was the result of two circumstances One that there was no law of slavery at all in the beginning and two that discrimination against the Negro antedated the legal status of slavery Degler 66-8 The way the English treated another dark skinned non-Christian people the Indians helps support the argument that a special and inferior status was accorded the Negro virtually from their first arrival Indian slavery was practiced in all English settlements soon after the settlements were established In another case Maryland prohibited gun use to any Pagan for any reason and if this law was broken there was a heavy fine At no time were white servants denied the right to bear arms in fact they were encouraged to possess weapons One of Deglers more important examples would be that of three runaways two of which were white servant men and the third a black man
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