James Adams: Scots P.O.W.

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His story was told on who do you think are USA? (Jon Cryer)
James was a Scots soldier captured at the battle of Dunbar 1650.
He was force marched to Durham in the north of England and sold into indentured servitude, along with 34 of his fellow countrymen, to the Saugus iron works in MA.
A remarkable story.
The battle is the subject at this month's historical society meeting.

When was indentured servitude abolished in the U.S.?
 

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So, to be clear, indentured servitude and slavery have similarities, but they also have differences....

As per Wikipedia:

An indentured servant or indentured laborer is an employee (indenturee) within a system of unfree labor who is bound by a signed or forced contract (indenture) to work for a particular employer for a fixed time. The contract often lets the employer sell the labor of an indenturee to a third party. Indenturees usually enter into an indenture for a specific payment or other benefit, or to meet a legal obligation, such as debt bondage. On completion of the contract, indentured servants were given their freedom, and occasionally plots of land.

Between one-half and two-thirds of white immigrants to the American colonies between the 1630s and American Revolution had come under indentures. However, while almost half the European immigrants to the Thirteen Colonies were indentured servants, at any one time they were outnumbered by workers who had never been indentured, or whose indenture had expired, and thus free wage labor was the more prevalent for Europeans in the colonies. Indentured people were numerically important mostly in the region from Virginia north to New Jersey. Other colonies saw far fewer of them.

An American law passed in 1833 abolished imprisonment of debtors, which made prosecuting runaway servants more difficult, increasing the risk of indenture contract purchases. The 13th Amendment, passed in the wake of the American Civil War, made indentured servitude illegal in the United States.

I cherry picked the releveant passages, but you can read the full sections here:

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His story was told on who do you think are USA? (Jon Cryer)
James was a Scots soldier captured at the battle of Dunbar 1650.
He was force marched to Durham in the north of England and sold into indentured servitude, along with 34 of his fellow countrymen, to the Saugus iron works in MA.
A remarkable story.
The battle is the subject at this month's historical society meeting.

When was indentured servitude abolished in the U.S.?
is there a book written about this? I am from Massachusetts and know the iron works well.
 

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His story was told on who do you think are USA? (Jon Cryer)
James was a Scots soldier captured at the battle of Dunbar 1650.
He was force marched to Durham in the north of England and sold into indentured servitude, along with 34 of his fellow countrymen, to the Saugus iron works in MA.
A remarkable story.
The battle is the subject at this month's historical society meeting.

When was indentured servitude abolished in the U.S.?


I bought the Book White Cargo that chronicles the more than 300,000 Irish Scot and Brits that were enslaved as "indentured Servants" and sent to the colonies. It's very interesting
 

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I bought the Book White Cargo that chronicles the more than 300,000 Irish Scot and Brits that were enslaved as "indentured Servants" and sent to the colonies. It's very interesting
It was a form of Ethnic Cleansing by the British Empire.
 

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His story was told on who do you think are USA? (Jon Cryer)
James was a Scots soldier captured at the battle of Dunbar 1650.
He was force marched to Durham in the north of England and sold into indentured servitude, along with 34 of his fellow countrymen, to the Saugus iron works in MA.
A remarkable story.
The battle is the subject at this month's historical society meeting.

When was indentured servitude abolished in the U.S.?


13th Amendment supposedly made indentured servitude illegal.
 

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Here is the Book I am reading, very interesting. Very sad as well. If the Scots lost a battle the survivors that weren't finished offer where loaded onto a ship and sold. Sometimes Sea captains would purchase large groups of people, some just babies and then sell them in the colonies.

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