OK, I tried posting this in another writing forum but they said to take it to a history professor or a history forum. I took it to a history forum and they went off tangent about something vaguely related to, but not answering my questions, so I'm hoping I'll luck out here. ----- Basically, after a long, long break from my old Colonial mystery I decided to dust it off and tweak some of the details. No longer is he a tavern boy, Amos is now an indentured servant living in the home of a magistrate. One of his friends is a white, biracial boy named David, born of a slave mother and a plantation-owning father. The whole thing revolves around the theme of liberty and what it means to certain groups of people. A few questions: 1) From my research seminar on American slavery, there were a bunch of laws regarding mixed-race children, specifically on their status based off of what skin color their mother had. Were there laws like this back in the 1770s? Or did that not come until the mid-1800s? 1.5) Speaking of which, would most people back then have been OK with a biracial person running around doing whatever? Like hanging out with a French indentured servant like Amos? Would it have been possible for David's father to sell him off to the slave markets if he felt like it? 2) How commonplace was indentured servitude? What were the expectations? All I understand is that Amos would have had to sign a contract (or have someone do it for him 'cause he's blind), binding himself to the magistrate's house for a certain number of years before he would then be released. Apparently he would have the incentive to own his own land once he completes his term of servitude, which is something interesting for me to think about. 2.5) The history forum did raise an interesting observation. Apparently Amos would need to be Irish instead of French because indentured servants being the latter nationality wasn't all that commonplace. Would it still be OK if I kept him as a French instead of Irish? 3) There's a scene coming up where Amos is abducted and he soon finds himself in a plantation near Boston. What were the punishments for abducting an indentured servant? When he's found by the slaves of the plantation and it's determined that he is an indentured servant, what would the laws have expected the owners of the plantation do about him? What would happen if, say, the slaves took him into their cabin and treated his injuries first, then they were all discovered by the overseer? ---- I appreciate any thought you may have.