White Cargo

White Cargo

The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America

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White Cargo is the forgotten story of the thousands of Britons who lived and died in bondage in Britain’s American colonies.

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, more than 300,000 white people were shipped to America as slaves. Urchins were swept up from London’s streets to labor in the tobacco fields, where life expectancy was no more than two years. Brothels were raided to provide “breeders” for Virginia. Hopeful migrants were duped into signing as indentured servants, unaware they would become personal property who could be bought, sold, and even gambled away. Transported convicts were paraded for sale like livestock.

Drawing on letters crying for help, diaries, and court and government archives, Don Jordan and Michael Walsh demonstrate that the brutalities usually associated with black slavery alone were perpetrated on whites throughout British rule. The trade ended with American independence, but the British still tried to sell convicts in their former colonies, which prompted one of the most audacious plots in Anglo-American history.

This is a saga of exploration and cruelty spanning 170 years that has been submerged under the overwhelming memory of black slavery. White Cargo brings the brutal, uncomfortable story to the surface.



Baker & Taylor
A saga of exploration and cruelty spanning one hundred and seventy years tells the story of the more than three hundred thousand white people who lived and died as slaves and indentured servants in Britain's American colonies.

Baker
& Taylor

A saga of exploration and cruelty spanning one hundred and seventy years tells the story of the more than three hundred thousand white people who lived and died as slaves and indentured servants in Britain's American colonies. Original.

Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 2008, c2007
ISBN: 9780814742969
0814742963
Characteristics: 320 p. : col. ill., col. map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Walsh, Michael

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Dave99_0
Mar 08, 2018

White slavery was common in the British colonies of Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York before the War of Independence. For tackling such a controversial topic that most books would hide, I would rate "White Cargo" at 5.0 stars.

Another fine book is "The Sugar Barons" by Matthew Parker. It discusses briefly the plight of white indentured servants in the British colony of Barbados in the 17th century.

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cmarie20
Apr 30, 2015

The white cargo was NOT 'Britons' - They were IRISH PEOPLE FROM THE ISLE OF IRELAND! In a span of 50 years the British reduced the population of Ireland from 3 million people to 50,000.

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