The Rise and Fall of Indentured Servitude in the Americas: An Economic Analysis

  title={The Rise and Fall of Indentured Servitude in the Americas: An Economic Analysis},
  author={David W. Galenson},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  pages={1 - 26}
  • David W. Galenson
  • Published 1 March 1984
  • History, Economics
  • The Journal of Economic History
Indentured servitude appeared in Virginia by 1620. Initially a device used to transport European workers to the New World, over time servitude dwindled as black slavery grew in importance in the British colonies. Indentured servitude reappeared in the Americas in the mid-nineteenth century as a means of transporting Asians to the Caribbean sugar islands and South America following the abolition of slavery. Servitude then remained in legal use until its abolition in 1917. This paper provides an… 
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