ah.... the indentured servants -- about half the population prior to 1740- were indentured servants. Also the term was typically 7 years - an amazing large number were accused of some minor offense at about 6.9 years and their term was extended another 7 years. Some made it and made it in the new country - most didn't and died young. Lots of bad stuff in the past, slavery was just one of the bad things. This black slavery thing is bad because we lose perspective of what life was like and there were many that had it much worst than the slaves. Get a life - it is behind us.