The Resource "Corrected above measure" : indentured servants and domestic abuse in Maryland, 1650-1700, by Becky Showmaker, (electronic resource)

"Corrected above measure" : indentured servants and domestic abuse in Maryland, 1650-1700, by Becky Showmaker, (electronic resource)

Label
"Corrected above measure" : indentured servants and domestic abuse in Maryland, 1650-1700
Title
"Corrected above measure"
Title remainder
indentured servants and domestic abuse in Maryland, 1650-1700
Statement of responsibility
by Becky Showmaker
Creator
Contributor
Thesis advisor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This study utilizes seventeenth-century Maryland court records to address the questions of what options were available to indentured servants who were physically abused and how they made use of them, how local and provincial courts defined and adjudicated cases of abuse, and how communities responded. The complicated story of Sarah Taylor and her repeated attempts at relief is interspersed throughout the analysis to demonstrate the competing interests and options involved in the plight of abused servants. This study finds that the courts' responses to complaints of ill-usage were consistent and reflected conflicting concerns. Courts were under competing pressure to sustain the household hierarchy essential to social and economic order but to also protect the rights of servants, who would soon become active participants in the free community, from excessive abuse. Similarly, although Maryland communities had unique social and physical characteristics that hindered the development of strong support networks, concerned community members actively aided servants in informal ways that were appropriate for the social context, like testifying on their behalf in court or by providing food and shelter to runaways. Although both officials and neighbors displayed their intolerance of the physical abuse of servants, they were aware of the economic and social importance of the hierarchical system that framed their society and acted accordingly
Cataloging source
MUU
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Showmaker, Becky
Degree
M.A.
Dissertation year
2009.
Granting institution
University of Missouri--Columbia
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • theses
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1944-
  • 1973-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Bullion, John L.
  • Morris, M. Michelle Jarrett
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Indentured servants
Target audience
specialized
Label
"Corrected above measure" : indentured servants and domestic abuse in Maryland, 1650-1700, by Becky Showmaker, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Note
  • The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file
  • Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on January 21, 2010)
  • Thesis advisors: Dr. John Bullion, Dr. Michelle Morris
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
501821998
Extent
1 online resource (iv, 113 pages)
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations (some color).
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)501821998
Label
"Corrected above measure" : indentured servants and domestic abuse in Maryland, 1650-1700, by Becky Showmaker, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
  • The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file
  • Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on January 21, 2010)
  • Thesis advisors: Dr. John Bullion, Dr. Michelle Morris
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
501821998
Extent
1 online resource (iv, 113 pages)
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations (some color).
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)501821998

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