Title page for ETD etd-02252000-09590007

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Grady, Timothy Paul
URN etd-02252000-09590007
Title On the Path to Slavery: Indentured Servitude in Barbados and Virginia during the Seventeenth Century
Degree Master of Arts
Department History
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Shifflett, Crandall A. Committee Chair
Ekirch, A. Roger Committee Member
Thorp, Daniel B. Committee Member
  • Servants
  • Chesapeake
  • Colonial British America
  • Indentured Servitude
  • Barbados
  • Slave
  • Virginia
  • Colonial West Indies
  • Colonial Chesapeake
Date of Defense 2000-04-18
Availability unrestricted
This is an investigation and analysis of the institution of indentured servitude in the English colonies of Virginia and Barbados in the first half of the seventeenth century. It argues that the system of indentured servitude contributed to the development of property rights in individuals and thereby provided early examples of treating people as property that would ultimately lead to the rise of chattel slavery in both colonies. It investigates servitude in law, politics, and practice providing examples of the treatment, trade, and resistance of servants throughout this period. Included are chapters examining the trade in servants and a statistical breakdown of the servant population, a comparison of the practice of servitude in both colonies, and a description of the factors that led to the eventual transition to black slavery.
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