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BONDAGE. Slavery.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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What guided the industrial development and the entrepreneurial spirit in this part of the country, may have been the limited possibilities for being competitive in agricultural production, and the fact that adscription, copyholding and villeinage were not very strongly enforced and present.
In the early medieval period, some farmers actually chose to abandon free status in favor of villeinage "for greater security of tenure, or as a bar to pleas of debt, or to support claims of inheritance." POSTAN, supra note 55, at 284.
Article 4, which asserted that `slavery shall be abolished', was revolutionary in a country where peasants had no rights and where villeinage still existed.
He examines demesnes, labor services, villeinage, crops, leases, home consumption, rents, natural resources, animal products, and many other matters in detail.
Hyams, Kings, Lords and Peasants in Medieval England: The Common Law of Villeinage in the Twelfth and the Thirteenth Centuries (Oxford, 1980), ch.