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Migrants, Servants and Slaves: Unfree Labor in Colonial British America (Variorum Colected Studies Series, 699)

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    Russell R. Menard
These essays explore unfree labour in colonial British America, especially the transition from a workforce dominated by English indentured servants to one dominated by African slaves. Russell R. Menard addresses patterns of migration among indentured servants, how slave purchases were financed and the opportunities available to servants once they had achieved their freedom. Three of the essays in the volume take up a second, related issue, that of the success of servants and slaves at reproduction in the colonies, coming to the rather startling conclusion that the demographic experience of unfree workers, slaves and recently-freed servants was not as different as one might expect. Menard's central argument is that the transition from servants to slaves was an economic process, driven by changes in the supply of labour.  
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  • Russell R. Menard
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