Essay on Indentured Servants : An Indentured Servant

1125 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
Most of the early American population emigrated from Europe as indentured servants. An indentured servant is someone who has sold himself/herself for bonded labour for a certain number of years and certain amount of freedom dues to be paid at the end of the term, in exchange for transportation to the colonies (Galenson, 1977). This paper looks at the relationship between the destinations the servants selected and the length of the contract. In addition, it also reflects on how the destination preferences has changed over time between 1718 to 1759; the difference in destination preferences between skilled workers, as well as, between genders. The paper hypothesizes that servants with longer term lengths preferred to work in the mainland colonies of America, as opposed to the Islands; there will be more male servants than female servants in any given area. While there are no hypotheses on how the destination preferences have changed or how the preferences vary between the skilled workers, it is interesting to note the shifts. The variations in servant destinations is explained to some extent by David Galenson in his paper Immigration and the Colonial Labor System: An Analysis of the Length of Indenture and by Farley Grubb in the paper The Market for Indentured Immigrants: Evidence on the Efficiency of Forward-Labor Contracting in Philadelphia.
Galenson’s paper Immigration and the Colonial Labor System: An Analysis of the Length of Indenture answers the question of how the…

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