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Virginia 1619Slavery and Freedom in the Making of English America$
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Paul Musselwhite, Peter C. Mancall, and James Horn

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469651798

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651798.001.0001

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“Poore Soules”

“Poore Soules”

Migration, Labor, and Visions for Commonwealth in Virginia

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Virginia 1619
Misha Ewen
University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores the emergence of indentured servitude in Virginia in the late 1610s. It focuses upon the Virginia Company’s increasing efforts to transport vagrants and paupers, who were often children, to the colony to serve as bound laborers. The chapter traces the roots of this policy to the political and social theories about commonwealth in Jacobean England and to the institution of pauper apprenticeship. It also uncovers the practical way in which the transportation of children and vagrants was organized in London and the ways in which it met with resistance from both local leaders and those facing transportation. The chapter offers a newly detailed analysis of the foundations of the system of bound English labor that became so critical to the development of seventeenth-century American colonialism.

Keywords:   Indentured servitude, Bound labor, Pauper aprenticeship, Children, Commonwealth, Family, Gender, Virginia, Jacobean England

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