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White Servitude in Colonial America : An economic analysis - David W. Galenson

White Servitude in Colonial America

An economic analysis

Paperback Published: 10th May 1982
ISBN: 9780521273794
Number Of Pages: 304

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White servitude was one of the major institutions in the economy and society of early colonial British America. In fact more than half of all the white immigrants to the British colonies sold themselves into bondage for a period of years in order to migrate to the New World. Professor Galenson"s study of the system of indentured servitude analyses rigourously the composition of this labour force and provides a quantitative description of the demographic, social and economic characteristics of more than 20,000 indentured immigrants. The author examines the interactions between indentured, free and slave labour and provides a framework for analysing why black slavery prevailed over white servitude in the British West Indies and the southern mainland colonies and why both types of bound labour declined to insignificance in the northern colonies of the mainland.

The significance and origins of the colonial indenture system
Characteristics of the servant population
The age and sex distributions of the indentured servants
The occupations of the indentured servants in the seventeenth-century
Occupations of the eighteenth-century indentured servants
Literacy and the occupations of the indentured servants
Migration and the transatlantic market for indentured servants
Patterns of servant migration from England to America
The market for indentured servants
White servitude in the colonial labour market
The role of the indenture system in the colonial labour market
The indenture system and the colonial labour market
Indentured servitude in American history
Indentured labour in the Americas
Selected Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521273794
ISBN-10: 052127379X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 10th May 1982
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.1 x 15.16  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.41