Revision of the author's thesis (Ph.D.--Harvard University, 1979) with the title: The indenture system and the colonial labor market.
Bibliography: p. 279-283.
African American resources at Lancaster County Historical Society
Chapters: Part I. Introduction: 1. The significance and origins of the colonial indenture system - Part II. Characteristics of the servant population - 2. The age and sex distributions of the indentured servants - 3. The occupations of the indentured servants in the seventeenth-century - 4. Occupations of the eighteenth-century indentured servants - 5. Literacy and the occupations of the indentured servants - Part III. Migration and the transatlantic market for indentured servants - 6. Patterns of servant migration from England to America - 7. The market for indentured servants - Part IV. White servitude in the colonial labour market: - 8. The role of the indenture system in the colonial labour market - 9. The indenture system and the colonial labour market - Part V. Indentured servitude in American history - 10. Indentured labour in the Americas
Appendices include the following: English laws and documents related to servant registration / Possible biases in the age distribution of the indentured servants / Destinations of the indentured servants within the colonies
Amazon Books description: "White servitude was one of the major institutions in the economy and society of early colonial British America. In fact more than half of all the white immigrants to the British colonies sold themselves into bondage for a period of years in order to migrate to the New World. Professor Galenson's study of the system of indentured servitude analyses rigorously the composition of this labour force and provides a quantitative description of the demographic, social and economic characteristics of more than 20,000 indentured immigrants. The author examines the interactions between indentured, free and slave labour and provides a framework for analysing why black slavery prevailed over white servitude in the British West Indies and the southern mainland colonies and why both types of bound labour declined to insignificance in the northern colonies of the mainland." Appendices include: English laws and documents related to servant registration/ Possible biases in the age distribution of the indentured servants/ Destinations of the indentured servants within the colonies