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A Little CommonwealthFamily Life in Plymouth Colony$
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John Demos

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195128901

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128901.001.0001

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Masters and Servants

Masters and Servants

(p.107) Chapter Seven Masters and Servants
A Little Commonwealth

John Demos

Oxford University Press

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

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