Redemptioners, a term used to denote immigrants to the United States who "redeemed" their fare by working for it upon arrival. Usually, upon landing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, they were auctioned off. An adult usually had to work four or five years to pay off the debt, and a child until he reached the age of 21. Many Mennonites came to America as redemptioners.
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Crous, Ernst. "Redemptioners." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 18 Jul 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Redemptioners&oldid=146101.
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