Servitude: Indentures, Serfs, Apprentices, etc. » MYTH: The Irish Were Slaves
The links here are provided to help researchers to debunk a current myth about Irish slavery. While many Irish immigrants were indentured servants, they were not slaves. The very act of entering into an indenture is entering into a contract. Those that did so did it by choice and the contract had a finite period of time in which they served. Slaves were not given a choice and there was no contract. The time period was for their entire life, along with the lives of any offspring. They were considered property. While the two may seem similar, indenture was in a different category from slavery.