Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Are you . . .

as one of my readers called herself, "first generation indentured screwed?"

7 comments:

warwick555 said...

I like the word "indentured", except for the fact that indentured servants worked for only seven years to pay off their debts. Those of us who got behind in our payments due to disability or under employement or unemployment are not indentured servants, but slaves, since we will literally be paying until we die.

C. Cryn Johannsen said...

The broader definition of being indentured can be equated to slavery, Warwick555. I'm not sure where you get the 7 years idea . . . That's not what the term means at all. While someone who is indentured may have the possibility of paying off their debt, that isn't a guarantee. That's why I like the term.

Anonymous said...

@warwick: seven years is inaccurate, at best. the amount of money you had to pay off could and did vary, and the wages paid to buy your release were often, if not always, incredibly paltry.

I'm not first generation indentured, but I do often feel trapped into work I hate, when I can get it, in hopes of being able to approach my dreams in the future.

Anonymous said...

Old english common law defined indentured as a 7 year bond.

C. Cryn Johannsen said...

I am familiar with the concept now. However, that's not the point. It has symbolic meaning, and that's why I've used it as a term. Moreover, I'm not the first to describe our situation as such.

C. Cryn Johannsen said...

Besides we shouldn't be thinking of it as merely a European concept, and that's exactly what I meant. The term holds different meanings for different periods of time.

Anonymous said...

indentured = "extortion by judicial process" my meaning!