During the time of the Middle Ages, serfs and peasants had no rights because they were the lower class people. World Book Online specifically says, “ The peasants had few rights and were almost completely at the mercy of their lords. A peasant family worked together to farm both the lord's fields and their own. Peasants also performed whatever other tasks the lord demanded, such as cutting wood, storing grain, or repairing roads and bridges. Peasants were not free because they had sworn an oath to the lord.
Many key factors led to the transition from indentured servants to slavery. Indentured servants became less cost- efficient due to the fact that land owners owned multiple pieces of land or needed more than one indentured servant to work on their land. Even though working conditions were harsh and the servants were limited to what they can and cannot do, they still had rights as humans, which means they were not slaves. But as more jobs were needed on the farm, the more indentured servant demanded in wages. As the needs of indentured servants increased, the owners believed they were not obliged to commit to the request of their servant.
As the lowest in the social hierarchy, serfs, one of the two classes of the peasantry, were also an integral part of feudal society. Serfs agreed to serve the lord because what they received in exchange fulfilled their needs. It was dangerous for them to live alone in the countryside where bandits could kill, attack, and steal (Ahlin 1). Peasants who could not defend themselves agreed to become serfs in return for the protection provided by the lord, which allowed them to live behind his walls in safety (Ahlin 1). In addition to this military protection they received legal protection and the right to draw water from the lord’s rivers, cut trees from his forest, and use the pastures (Nardo 25).
However, any extra that was produced went to the community. Many colonies believed that wealth was a sin, but eventually they turned to individual farms and providing for themselves. In 1624, William Bradford made each family responsible for their own land and crops. This was a huge change for the New England
A peasant was not supposed to ever be a noble if they were not born into nobility; therefore their role in society was to respect the upper class and work and do for themselves. They made their clothes by hand, harvested or killed for food, and worked hard for any money or needs that might be essential to them. Life was hard for a peasant, and every peasant dreamt of being a noble and having vast amounts of food, money, and clothing. Although, this was not possible unless a peasant lied lie like William did, and the outcome might not be as gracious. In conclusion, keeping the role of the upper class and the lower class in check,
The workers that were protesting outside the farm in The Grapes of Wrath are just like the protesters that protested in New York, they wanted fair and better wages so they could support themselves and their families. Although these two situations happened in different eras, they still hold the same issue that people need fair wages in order to survive. In the book, the low wages were bad because the Joad family couldn 't afford food while the low wages now won’t allow workers to pay rent. The time periods might be different but the issues are still the
Social Group: Fathers During this time period, fathers were the “breadwinners” and expected to work and provide for their families. However, black fathers in the 1950’s particular had to work long hours because the only jobs available to them were often low paying. This directly correlates with African-American’s low place on the social ladder during this pre-Civil Rights era. It was also extremely difficult for African-American women to find work during this time, placing the financial buren solely on the father. They took great pride in their earnings, and sometimes abused their power as head of the household.
In “Under the Lion’s Paw” by Hamlin Garland shows how hard work alone doesn’t always lead to success and that some things are out of one’s control. Mr. Haskin’s was a very hard working farmer who lived on a financially stable farm with his lovely family, but he couldn’t control when the grasshoppers came and ran his farm poor. Somethings in life one cannot control which can cause struggles in their lives. What one can control is how they handle and react to the situation. Haskin did not give up, he traveled and stayed determined to provide for his family.
For example look at Mesopotamia, once farming started their women were bound to house chores because the men were tending the fields. With the men taking over the essential jobs making them the reason why they survive a patriarchy developed where the man rules the house and men can hold high up political offices and women can’t, making men the center of attention because they are ruling and supporting the lives of the women and children. Like in China under the Shang Dynasty male children were preferred and women were hardly seen outside of their home unless they were peasants. Social classes or ones rank in society popped up too
Immigrant rights and other people's rights are at risk when the government has the authority or power to deny legal rights. Immigrants, Migrant farm workers are in such a deep mess where they keep getting rejected in jobs. The only jobs that they can get are pretty much in the fields to work or even in small restaurants like McDonald's. Migrant farm workers are mainly immigrants to support themselves or their family to have a successful life. They work hard and get up every morning to go and plant crops to achieve their dream to live in America.
The struggle was of the labor that went on and the way that the labor was done, first by servitude or enslavement and later by paying 2. Serfdom or villeinage is when someone holds land but they hold it only to work it for the owner, and if the land was sold the people came with it and had to serve the new owner. This was seen back in feudal society and it pertained mostly to agriculture. 3. A trade-union is a labor union.
While in the South indentured servants would work on plantations to grow tobacco, indigo, and cotton which were all very labor intensive. Once these people got out of servitude they would seek to farm the land themselves but often would not have the means to do so which led to a poor class of people who could not even afford slaves. These poor people made up an ample amount of the population. The poor class of the South obviously was unable to afford a plantation or slaves for that matter. Consequently, it can be implied that did not have a very large impact on their will to fight in the Civil War.
A freedmen is taking part in sharecropping as he gives most of the crops he produced to the land’s owner. He hopes for a better life, but he knows he will be forever indebted to the landowner. While some things changed for the better, the acceptance of African Americans was still scarce. During Reconstruction, the life of freedmen did change politically, but not socially or economically. The freedmen’s lives changed politically because they could become citizens and had the right to vote.