It was slaves who could purchase their freedom, indentured servants already had their time of service previously stipulated by the contract, and what they were doing was technically paying for the expenses the employer had incurred in bringing them.Ok, but in my previous post, I was specifically referring to the thirteen colonies of North America. In Latin America, racial hierarchy was more complex and nuanced, but still, race was the most important factor in how society was organized. Now let me respond to every single point you made:
Indentured servitude is not the same thing as chattel slavery. Indentured servitude is temporary, and more importantly, it's not hereditary. An Indentured servant could buy his own freedom somewhere in life, could climb the social ladder and his children would not inherit the status of slave.
That's fundamentally different than being a black slave in the plantations of the Americas - totally different institutions, and by the 18th century European indentured servants in the Americas were very few when compared to the millions of black slaves that worked in the fields.
As a note work for food and shelter only always existed, and it was still occuring in Portugal at the beginning of the 20th century, and servants even if not slaves were also exposed to corporal punishmen also in Europet, and actually indentured servants received a trip for their work, the problem here is the conditions they were exposed to were not different from slaves and sometimes the way they were recruited.
Actualy Alexandre Dumas' grandfather was living in Haiti.Alexandre Dumas is a 19th century French native. He was born and bred in France. I'm talking about society in colonial and post-colonial Americas. Continental France didn't had the same kind of views on race as Americans (I mean the people from the continent) had.