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The Infortunate: The Voyage and Adventures of William Moraley, an Indentured Servant

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First published by Penn State Press in 1992, The Infortunate has become a staple for teachers and students of American history. William Moraley's firsthand account of bound servitude provides a rare glimpse of life among the lower classes in England and the American colonies during the eighteenth century. In the decade since its original publication, Susan Klepp and Billy ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Penn State University Press (first published January 1st 1992)
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Ron Kemp
Fairly interesting but not factual, many exaggerations despite being published originally as autobiographical.
William Moraley's account of colonial life in Jersey and Pennsylvania is exciting. After reading the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, it's refreshing to get an account of colonial life that involves the common people, servants, slaves, and an interesting account of the nature of the land. I like this text much more than Franklin's autobiography--plus, it's shorter and more accessible. If you are interesting in colonial life in Philadelphia; this is a good start. For the remaining 99 percent o ...more
Moraley tends to exaggerate, but carefully reading offers very useful historic perspective. Moraley gives insight into the poor, indentured, slaves, Native Americans, religions and everyday life of colonial America.
An interesting primary source on indentured servitude in America. Be warned that it reads like a travel narrative. As such, Moraley dips into fantasy and fabrication often.
Moraley spilled a stream of exaggerations and lies. Not a reliable primary source.
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