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Alex OrmondHist 205Prof. Lang6/26/19Essay #3During the 1600’s in the British American colonies, there were many different types oflabor systems in each colonial region, and each benefited their colonial region in its own way.The three most popular labor systems in British America were: Indentured Servitude,Apprenticeship/child labor, and waged labor. Indentured Servitude/Slavery was the mosteconomically successful source of labor. It is the most economically successful source, simplybecause it is free. The majority of child labor spurred from indentured servitude. According toencyclopedia.com, waged labor isEmploymentas an employee for a specified weekly wage ormonthly salary, normally on terms and conditions determined by the employer, whose offer maybe constrained by employment law, collective-bargaining agreements, or pressure from tradeunionsIndentured Servitude is similar to slavery, but instead an indenture, or a labor contractwas agreed upon for a certain amount of time, but when you finish, you were usually awardedland. The downside to Indentured Servitude is that most people taking part do not live to finishtheir contract. If the contract is not served to full extent, the worker will be in debt to his master,which usually lasts a lifetime. This again is how Indentured Servitude related back to slavery,because although the workers are not actually owned by their master, they are forced to work forone person the rest of their life due to immense debt Indentured Servitude was most popular in
the southern British American Colonies, specifically in tobacco farms. The tobacco farms weremost popular for their intense working conditions and overall backbreaking work from sunup tosundown; and the only day off being on Sunday. Someone would choose to become anindentured servant usually as a way to immigrate into the Colonial America.Due to non-ideal economic conditions during this time caused by smallpox and othercontagious diseases, in some cases children were forced to work in order to help their familysurvive day by day. Children most commonly worked on tobacco and sugarcane fields as eitherwage-laborers, indentured servants or slaves.People tend to forget that children played a bigpart in colonial life. Indentured Servitude and slavery didn’t always only include adults. Childrenwere a big part of slavery and indentured servitude; for example, there were many cases ofchildren being taken across the Middle Passage from Africa to the American Colonies for theintent of being used as slaves. Children also played a major part in expanding the AmericanColonies. The Plymouth Colony depended greatly on children for labor, Plymouth’s populationwas actually 50% children.