Whites As Slaves in Colonial America

I hear more and more people pushing the idea that White indentured servants in Colonial America were the same as Black slaves.

This was one of the problems I had with Scottish Prisoners’ of War Society. The Executive Director, Teresa Rust-Hamilton supported the idea that chattel slavery wasn’t really so bad because our Scottish ancestors who came as prisoners from Dunbar and Worcester were essentially slaves in America because they were indentured servants.

The idea there is an equivalence between slaves and indentured servants is gaining popularity among racists in America. There is no support for it in the primary sources and zero support for it among academic historians.

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