Examples from the Web for peonage
What is needed to end slavery and peonage is congressional legislation enforced by Americans.
Many of these acts betokened an intention on the part of the lawmakers to reduce the freedmen to a state of serfdom or peonage.The Life of Lyman Trumbull|Horace White
Peonage, as it is usually understood, means compelling men to work under duress until debts they may owe are paid.
And yet the Senator calls this beneficent arrangement Slavery, and then, changing the name, he calls it Peonage.Charles Sumner; His Complete Works, Volume XI (of 20)|Charles Sumner
The truth is that peonage is repugnant to the average American.
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Word Origin and History for peonage
Culture definitions for peonage
A system of forced labor based on debts incurred by workers. Peonage developed particularly in plantation economies, where employers forced laborers to buy from employer-owned stores, pay inflated prices, and stay in debt.