Masters and Servants

John Demos

in A Little Commonwealth

Second edition

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780195128901
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853960 | DOI:
Masters and Servants

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This chapter examines master-and-servant relations in Plymouth Colony. It explains that servants in the fullest sense were integrated into the basic day-to-day functioning of the household. Their masters assumed full responsibility for meeting the essential needs of their servants, and Colony Records show that failure to fulfill responsibilities might involve a master in legal proceedings. The duties of a master might also extend beyond the sphere of material wants, particularly in the case of young servants, where education provisions were sometimes written into the indenture deeds.

Keywords: master; servant; Plymouth Colony; household; education

Chapter.  4418 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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