Masters and servants: the American colonial model of child custody and control MARY ANN MASON University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A. Introduction In 1620, the Virginia Company complained to Sir Robert Naunton, principal secretary of James I, that London street children were unwilling to be sent to Virginia colony as apprentices. The City of London have by act of their Common Council, appointed one hundred children out of their superfluous multitude to be transported to Virginia: there to be bound apprentices for certain years, and afterward with very beneficial conditions for the children ... Now it falleth out that among those children, sundry being ill disposed, and fitter for any remote place than for this city, declare their unwillingness to go to Virginia, of whom the City is especially desirous to be disburdened, and in Virginia under severe masters they may be brought to goodness. 1 Children who came to America as indentured servants without parents in the seventeenth and early eighteenth century were an important part of the story of settlement of the American colonies. More than half of all personal who came to the colonies south of New England were indentured servants, most servants were younger than
The International Journal of Children's Rights – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1994
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