One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A serf; a slave.
- ‘Every man who strives to become a burgess of this town shall first be examined under oath upon a Book that he is no bondman, but free-born and of free status.’
- ‘Yet one incontrovertible fact set him decidedly apart from the rabid cotton state defenders of the peculiar institution: Atchison owned at most one bondman.’
- ‘Although such laws were most prevalent in the South, the northern colonies also enacted statutes restricting the lives of bondmen and bondwomen.’
- ‘And every bondman and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains.’
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