indentured servant


Definition of indentured servant

: a person who signs and is bound by indentures to work for another for a specified time especially in return for payment of travel expenses and maintenance

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Africans first appeared in Virginia in 1617 as indentured servants. John Steele Gordon, WSJ, "A Short History of American Immigration," 20 Nov. 2018 Curry Fest Florida Quick history lesson: During the 19th Century and into the early 20th, the British imported Indians to the West Indies to work on sugar plantations as indentured servants. Trevor Fraser,, "Date Night: Take a culture hop," 12 July 2018 Individuals who sign up live in prison-like accommodations, eat scraps, and work as indentured servants for the rest of their lives. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Sorry to Bother You: A Dizzying Satire That Hungers for Truth," 7 July 2018 So the indentured servants and other migrants from England had a brief but strong influence on Sranan. Nicole Creanza, Scientific American, "How People Talk Now Holds Clues about Human Migration Centuries Ago," 4 Mar. 2018 Instead, these immigrants were deceived, overworked and unable to escape their hardship, essentially held as indentured servants. Gene Baur, Fortune, "Immigrant Farm Workers Endure Inhumane Conditions. Here’s What We Can Do," 8 June 2018 An ongoing investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has found that many programs exploit this arrangement, providing few actual services while turning participants into indentured servants. Amy Julia Harris And Shoshana Walter, charlotteobserver, "Drug users got exploited. Disabled patients got hurt. One woman benefited from it all. | Charlotte Observer," 21 May 2018 This would also make the whole system less exploitative, so that moms like Kylia Carter didn't feel like their sons were treated like indentured servants. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Ending exploitation of athletes would be good start to fixing NCAA," 13 May 2018 Indeed, these boat records indicate that indentured servants departing for English colonies were predominantly from the regions identified by our language analysis. Nicole Creanza, Scientific American, "How People Talk Now Holds Clues about Human Migration Centuries Ago," 4 Mar. 2018

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1723, in the meaning defined above

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