One of the chief causes for antislavery sentiment was discrimination and segregation of slaves. Slaves had no identity of their own, nor were they represented in Government administration. They were bought and sold like commodities and were brutally treated by their white masters. Slaves were not permitted to own property, nor were they allowed to receive any type of education. In the bigger picture they led lives of indentured servitude beginning with indentured working contracts.
Tobacco was a common commodity that helped to rake in a lot of money and stabilize the colonial economy. John Rolfe of Jamestown imported tobacco seeds from West India and cultivated them. Tobacco grew very well in the humid climate and this brought about two fundamental changes in the economy. 1) The cultivation of tobacco brought rich rewards but the level of food production dropped as farmers found that cultivating tobacco was much more lucrative. 2) The new tobacco economy gave rise to a crisis in the labor market as there was a dearth of labor hands. Hence during the 1670’s there was a great decline in the number of European immigrants to the Chesapeake area and it was due to this reason that the nature of slavery was redefined.