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indentured servant


In American History they’ve been studying how the United States was founded on indentured servitude.
Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  one who was voluntarily or involuntarily committed to working for someone for a fixed number of years (usually 4 to 7) in exchange for passage to America or some other financial advantage
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The lowest person on the totem pole, an indentured servant had few, if any, rights, but people without skills or money accepted this position in order to emigrate. After the period of work was over, the servant usually became a freeman.

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  • In American History they’ve been studying how the United States was founded on indentured servitude.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Indentured servants complain all the time and steal us blind at the first opportunity.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • He might have to rake the yard or clean the kitchen and take out the trash, but it wasn’t as if her ex treated Ben like an indentured servant.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • The Red Legs were a tribe of Scotch-Irish poor whites who had come to St. Hubert as indentured servants two hundred years before.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith

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  • He had contracted for 100,000 bricks, ordered specially made window frames from London, and in Philadelphia purchased the unexpired servitude of an indentured servant, a stonecutter, to do the columns.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Linguists Guy Bailey and Patricia Cukor-Avila write that in the colonial period black slaves and white indentured servants often worked together, and relationships between the races were more fluid than later.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • If all that mattered were the unfettered right to buy and sell, tainted food could not be kept off supermarket shelves, toxic waste could be dumped next door to elementary schools, and every American family could import an indentured servant ( or two), paying them with meals instead of money.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Indentured servitude would be better.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • Molly has decided to think of this job as indentured servitude: each hour she works is another hour closer to freedom.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Sailors, tradesmen, mechanics in long leather aprons, journeymen printers, house-painters, sail-makers, indentured servants, black slave women, their heads wrapped in bright bandannas, free black stevedores and draymen, mixed together with Quaker merchants and the elegants of the city in their finery, everyone busy about something, and everyone, it seemed to visitors, unexpectedly friendly and polite.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
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Associated words [difficulty]:   indentured servant [8] , involuntary servitude [9]
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