Indentured Servants
Emma Grace Pecha, Collin Cannon, Ella McLaughlin, and Brett Sanchez

COLONIAL DYER, 18th C. - A Colonial American Dyer Assisted By Indentured Servants: Engraving, Late 18th Century.. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 19 Sep 2011.
JAMESTOWN. - Female Convicts Transported From English Prisons Arriving In Jamestown, Virginia As Indentured Servants, Although Often Becoming Wives In Mass Weddings With The Male Settlers: Colored Engraving, 19th Century.. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 19 Sep 2011.

Why did the Indentured Servants come to America?
Immigrants came to America for varies reasons and also left their original country for many reasons. There were many religious, political, and economic reasons involved such as not having religious freedom, political upheavals, and economic downfalls leading to the emigration of many people. Some indentured servants were forced to leave with their "master" to work in another country. People couldn't afford the voyage over to America so they signed a contract agreeing to be a servant for a certain amount of years in exchange for a free ride so many were left with this option.

What did they experience once they got there?
The servants had all heard great things about America and didn't expect what they experienced. At first they were treated fine but then they were treated unfairly and rudely. Their work was really hard and a lot were living in really bad conditions. Most were not happy and thought they were going to enjoy it but really were miserable.

How did Americans react to their presence?
The Americans were grateful for the servants and their work. They couldn't do anything without them so they have to be appreciative but many were also mean. After a while they started to be ungrateful and disrespectful to the servants by treating them horribly and this was one of the reasons servants were unhappy and felt unappreciated.

JAMESTOWN: CONVICT WIVES. - A Female Convict, Transported From An English Prison To Jamestown, Virginia, As An Indentured Servant, Sold For A Wife To A Male Settler For 100 Pounds Of Tobacco. Wood Engraving, 19th Century.. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 19 Sep 2011.
COLONIAL SOAPMAKER, 18th C. - A Colonial American Soapmaker Assisted By An Indentured Servant: Engraving, Late 18th Century.. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 19 Sep 2011.
COLONIAL BRICKLAYER, 18th C. - A Colonial American Bricklayer Assisted By An Indentured Servant: Engraving, Late 18th Century.. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 19 Sep 2011.


Primary Source #1
"Indentured Servants in Colonial America." Chatham University. Carnegie Mellon
U, Chatham U and the Pittsburgh Public Schools., n.d. Web. 16 Sept. 2011.

Primary Source #2
"Lord Dunmore's Proclamation Calling for Loyalist Forces (primary document)." Issues & Controversies in American History. Facts On File News Services, n.d. Web. 15 Sept. 2011. <__>.

Secondary Source #1
Kross, Jessica. American Eras The Colonial Era. N.p.: Gale, 1998. Print.


Narrator: Hello welcome to the Indentured Servants part of your tour here in the museum. My name is Collin Cannon and I will be you guide through this exhibit. I will be telling you a story of a good time for a servant and the bad. Well, lets start our tour shall we.

Ella: Hello my name is Rosie. I came over from England with the Cardwell’s as their indentured servant. I was living in such poverty back in my home land, I was having to beg for food on the street to feed my family. My husband and children are still in England because the Cardwell’s only needed a women to help them around their house. I am serving the minimum of 4 years to pay off my debt that I owe to them. Even though the work is hard, they are some of the nicest people that I have ever worked with. They have provided me with a nice place to sleep and stay, and they also treat me like I am part of their family and not trash.

Narrator: As you can see Rosie lives a happier life than some of the other servants of the world. Like you will see in the next story. lets watch.

Emma Grace: Hello my name is Georgia and this is my brother named Patrick. We came over with the Murray’s as their servants.....

Brett: But it is more like we are their slaves.

Emma Grace: Shhhhhh Patrick keep your voice down they might hear you.

Background voice: I DON’T HEAR WORKING IN THERE!!!!!

Emma Grace: We will get right on it ma’am! Because it was the two of us that came over we are serving the maximum years here, and they keep tacking on the days. We live in a shed in the backyard, we barley get any food to eat. Patrick works in the field all day and I work in the house. We start at 4:00am and end at 8:00pm. and it is none stop for 13 hours.

Brett: They treat us like trash. like.... like were animals. They whip me and they yell at my sister in the house so loud that you can hear it outside the house. I get about 15 mins for a lunch break. I can not step foot in theirhouse only Georgia can.

Emma Grace: We expected to be treated like normal people, but obviously I was wrong we are teated like trash. Some times I wish that I could go back to Ireland....... to the way things were before. But I guess we are trapped now with them until our time is served. This is our life now.

Narrator: this is one of the many stories of hardship. Georgia and Patrick never had it easy their time at the Murray house. Georgia and Patrick worked for the next two years and got sick with Typhoid. Patrick was the first to go because he did such hard labor. Georgia died a couple days later. They both of them never got their freedom. As for Rosie she was set free after her 4 years of serving the Cardwells. She raised enough money to send the rest of her family over to America.


What the girls need to bring:

  • Long skirt
  • baggy shirts
  • Scarf
  • Toms/ rope sandal shoes

What the boys need to bring:

  • School kakis, jeans, or overalls.
  • torn up COLORED t-shirt.
  • rope belt

business suit