Consider the difficult work that Sarah and Robert had to do, as well as how many years they worked. Do you think that this is fair? Is indentured servitude fair, even if someone agrees to it? Why or why not?
In my opinion indentured servitude is not fair. It can be unfair to people because of no matter when they started they are free when they turn 21. The indentured servants weren’t always treated fairly. Some kids were kidnapped and forced into indentured servitude. Although some kids agreed to it, they didn’t know the conditions they would be working in.
This system wasn’t fair to the younger children. Older children worked fewer years than younger children. In the article “Bound for a New Life” Robert worked for nine years while Sarah worked for seven years. Robert came over when he was 12 and both became free at 21.
They were not treated fairly. The text stated that Sarah was beaten by her master’s wife. It said, “His wife was a mean-spirited woman who beat me for the smallest mistake The article stated, “My clothes became ragged; my belly was never full.” In paragraph four it said, “I existed on corn gruel.”
Some kids were kidnapped and forced into indentured servitude. In paragraph 2 it said, “he brought more people from England.
However, some kids willingly signed up to go to America. Sarah signed up to go to America when she was 14. Her family was poor. She lived in London. A man offered her a chance to go to America. She worked for a few years and became free.
Based on the text, my opinion is that indentured servitude is not fair. The younger a child was, the longer the child worked. They weren’t treated well some kids were kidnapped and others agreed to do it. Indentured servitude was not fair regardless if they agreed to it or not