Posted by Danalee Lavelle-Burroughs on October 14, 1999 at 14:57:20:
In Reply to: Gayle! Have you found anything? posted by kim on October 14, 1999 at 13:42:50:
Kim: I have a bit on Irish immigration on my website. Regarding indentured servitude, for American colonists, they would have been English, Irish or Scottish (Cameron is a Scottish clan name) and most who found themselves indentured had been arrested in England for some crime or because of poverty/bankruptcy. Some folks were actually kidnapped in England and transported to America for use as a labor force in the burgeoning agricultural economy of the colonies. An interesting parallel history is that of Australia. If it hadn't been for our revolution we would have been the recipient, rather than Van Diemen's Land (Australia) of the thousands of convicts shipped off to Botany Bay. The 1790s saw a proliferation of 'transportation' as an English answer to incarceration because their prisons were overflowing. So, indentured servitude was, in many cases, a forerunner to this. Thank God our ancestors booted the English out when they did...
: So far i've been given some further info about social status and dress, mostly by re-enactors. Actually, the LOTM store sells a chatelaine, which explains how women went without pockets. And a local weaver had some dyeing info. But i'm still wondering who A. C. was, if she was an immigrant, and why the Camerons were indentured servants. Have you heard or read anything further about Alexandra Cameron or the class she represents in LOTM? (My re-enactment character is an Irish immigrant around the year 1832, and I have to figure out from where the Irish immigrants to the U.S. were coming and where they ended up.) Whoever thought up the Camerons must have been working from a defined idea, and I suspect the Camerons might have been British. Any thoughts on this?
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