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Peon

An unskilled worker. The term has a highly negative connotation.
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7) Wage advances have also been thought to index a modicum of worker 'bargaining power' as well as various degrees of patronage and dependency--arguments made especially in the so-called 'revisionist' Latin American literature on debt peonage (Bauer 1979: 36; McCreery 1983: 744; Knight 1988: 110; cf.
Alston, Shannan Mattiace y Tomas Nonnenmacher, "Coercion, Culture, and Contracts: Labor and Debt on Henequen Haciendas in Yucatan, Mexico, 1870-1915", The Journal of Economic History 69: 1 (2009): 104-137; Marcelo Bucheli, Bananas and Business: The United Fruit Company in Colombia, 1899-2000 (Nueva York: New York University Press, 2005); Elizabeth Dore, Myths of Modernity: Peonage and Patriarchy in Nicaragua (Durham: Duke University Press, 2006); Heather McCrea, "Pest to Vector: Disease, Public Health and the Challenges of State-Building in Yucatan, Mexico, 1833-1922", en Centering Animals in Latin American History, eds.
definition does not use the term exploitation, but identifies, in the context of describing labor trafficking, four specific purposes for inducing another person's labor or services: (1) involuntary servitude, (2) peonage, (3) debt bondage, and (4) slavery.
The United States Supreme Court has also applied this rule when analyzing peonage, which the Slaughter-House Cases affirmed as included within slavery and involuntary servitude.
Yes, let us return again to those thrilling days of yesteryear, those glorious days of unregulated monopoly capitalism, peonage, share-cropping, child labor, 60-hour work weeks and a simple work-until-you-die retirement plan, when all workers had the same health plan (none).
For still others, it was an image of a feudal order that had been overthrown by the War and destroyed by Reconstruction and peonage.
For blacks the industrialization of the US in the twentieth century provided the elevator from peonage to employment, education and civil rights.
The research uncovered new material that showed that there were substantial frauds in the 1840s during the Irish Famine, that the regulator of these institutions was subject to capture, and that these institutions generated a form of debt peonage via their lending mechanisms.
Pio Nono stubbornly demanded the return of Rome and the ancient plantation belt, unfazed about the bleak peonage on which the lost kingdom had rested.
Peonage, Slavery, and Trafficking in Persons, 18 USCS [section] 1590 (2009).
He followed reports of beheadings, forced cannibalism, and gang rape; collected photographic evidence of flogged children and painful confinement in stocks; and gathered affidavits from Barbadian workers held against their will in debt peonage.
There was also considerable labour migration across this particular borderland, with slaves fleeing south to Mexico and hacienda servants moving north to escape debt peonage.