Northam ‘Indentured Servant’ Remark Challenged

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement Monday that a historian recently advised him to use the "indentured servant" term.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on scandals involving Virginia’s Democratic leaders (all times local): 8:45 a.m. Historians say Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wrongly used the term “indentured servants” when referring to the first Africans to arrive in what is now Virginia. Scholars say they were enslaved. During an interview Sunday on CBS, Northam said the “first indentured servants from Africa” arrived in 1619. Interviewer Gayle King interjected, saying, “also known as slavery.” Northam replied…

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