This research will begin with the statement that Serving Time in Virginia tries to explain and explore the reasons for what went wrong in the Virginia Colony by skillfully using a general perspective to analyze the situation. Sir Edwin Sandys has tried to rebuild the Jamestown in three ways. He attracted the new investors by granting them the head rights for introducing and bringing in new tenants. He grabbed the attention of new settlers by introducing lotteries. He tried to make the colony a more peaceful and pleasant place to settle down in by abolishing martial law. Citizens were extended the rights to select two members of the colony as their representatives or spokespersons. Even after the years of struggle and reconstruction, Jamestown was lacking a lot of attention. Citizens were legally enforced to grow corns. Insufficient food, the arrival of unprepared settlers, inadequate housing facilities and presence of contaminated wells were becoming the reason for spreading disease. People were more interested in growing tobacco than corn despite food scarcity. The chapter, ‘From Rosie to Lucy’ revolves around the changes that occurred in the role of women in the 1950 and also, how media played an important role in this transformation. The author discusses that it was mainly because of World War II that brought massive changes in the lives of American women. Many of the women got an opportunity to work and live independently. ... As a result, with the help of tenants and new
laborers, colonists looked forward to becoming richer by producing more tobacco. Gradually, tobacco became the economic trademark of the colony. Serving Time in Virginia also raises some questions as to why slavery didn’t grow well during the time when labor was valued greatly. It is worth mentioning that only 5 percent of the Africans constituted the population in Virginia during the first half of the century in the colony. And it wasn’t until 1660 that a law was passed that secured the rights of the laborers and condemned slavery as well as race discrimination. So, the next thing that comes to the mind is why weren’t slaves introduced as an article of trade during the 1620s? Historians believed that it could be due to non-availability of slaves in the colony as compared to other places where slavery was high in demand such as St.Kitts or Barbados. It was also believed that colonists had a preference for white slaves. However, it is hard to comment on the prices of slaves were very high and the economic downfall in West Indies gave a blow to the prices of slaves in the area. The chapter, ‘From Rosie to Lucy’ revolves around the changes that occurred in the role of women in the 1950 and also, how media played an important role in this transformation. The author discusses that it was mainly because of World War II that brought massive changes in the lives of American women. Many of the women got an opportunity to work and live independently.