Chapter

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128901.003.0008
Masters and Servants

Show Summary Details

Preview

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

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.