Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry.
The main difference between a serf and peasant is that a serf is legally tied to the land he works — a peasant by contrast is (generally) free to migrate elsewhere
Americans have not had a regimented system of serfdom, although there have been alike instances — mostly indentured servitude in the early days of the colonies (slavery by contrast would be an unwilling serfdom)
The point here is that Americans are proud and zealous about their freedoms, but when it comes down to it, serfs and peasants are both dirt poor
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