Vermont Men and Women on Same Footing as Involuntary Indentured Servants (1924)
|Statutes referred by Legislature|
|Amending the Vermont Constitution|
18. Amends the declaration of rights so that men and women are placed on the same footing as to the age when they can be held to servitude or as apprentices without their consent. (Became Article 40 of the Amendments).
Article 40 amended Article 1 of Chapter I of the Vermont Constitution to say:
- That all men are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent, and unalienable rights, amongst which are the enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety; therefore no person born in this country, or brought from over sea, ought to be holden by law, to serve any person as a servant, slave or apprentice, after he arrives to the age of twenty-one years, unless
he isbound by his ownconsent, after hearrives to such age, or isbound by law for the payment of debts, damages, fines, costs, or the like;