Indentured Servants and Company Towns

Indentured Servants and Company Towns in America

Indentured Servant refers to the historical practice of contracting to work for a fixed period of time. This was in exchange of transportation, clothing, food, lodging and other necessities. The practice was common in United States of America, London and some Caribbean countries. In North America, farmers, planters, and shopkeepers found it very difficult to hire workers, because cash was short and it was easy for those workers to set up their own farm. Indentured Servants and Company Towns in America.

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This phenomenon, led the eldest son to inherit land, and displacing other members of the family. As a result, wandering mass of unemployed disinherited young people roamed the countryside (Coopers, 2003, p.67).Colonization and slavery was the key boost of these practices. It was a political strategy adopted by United States so that it can increase its number of colonies. Indentured Servants and Company Towns in America.


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