Indentured Servants In Virginia During The 1670's

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During the 1670’s, farmers in Virginia struggled to profit as they depended on tobacco for a source of income. In this early period of colonization, indentured servitude was the most common source of cheap labor. Critically acclaimed author and historian, Lerone Bennett Jr., described this labor system as “the big planter apparatus and a social system that legalized terror against black and white bondsmen” (Bennet). Tied into service bythe promise of land, indentured servants could not profit off their work. By doing so, servants were forced into a continuous cycle of service to provide for themselves and their families. The headright system, established in 1618, gave fifty acres of land to new settlers that paid the cost of transportation

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