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HIST 3090 Mid Term Study Guide Indentured Servitude Indentured servitude has often been referred to as the South’s first labor system. The system was comprised of a voluntary contract between mostly young males, nearly 75% of the indentured labor force, and a person who paid for the indentured’s passage to the New World. Contracts stipulated the length of time a person was bound to labor and the type of labor the indentured would be performing. William Buckland’s contract bound Buckland to four years of carpentry and joining labor in Virginia; the contract also provided for necessities for survival upon arriving in the new world, including “meat, drink, washing, [and] lodging.” Upon arriving in the colonies, the indentured servant promised to repay his passage in service, typically four to five years of agricultural labor. Indentured servants were drawn from the lower classes of English society who felt that several years of hard labor was an acceptable price to pay to obtain land and wealth of their own. The difficulties faced by indentured servants and former indentured servants were later exploited by Nathaniel Bacon, who instigated a mob revolt in 1676, inciting the population
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