White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America / Edition 1

White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America / Edition 1

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by Don Jordan, Michael Walsh
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814742963

ISBN-13: 9780814742969

Pub. Date: 03/08/2008

Publisher: New York University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814742969
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
03/08/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
42,117
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: In the Shadow of Myth
Chapter One: A Place for the Unwanted
Chapter Two: The Judge's Dream
Chapter Three: The Merchant Prince
Chapter Four: Children of the City
Chapter Five: The Jagged Edge
Chapter Six: 'They Are Not Dogs'
Chapter Seven: The People Trade
Chapter Eight: Spirited Away
Chapter Nine: Foreigners in Their Own Land
Chapter Ten: Dissent in the North
Chapter Eleven: The Planter from Angola
Chapter Twelve: 'Barbadosed'
Chapter Thirteen: The Grandees
Chapter Fourteen: Bacon's Rebellion
Chapter Fifteen: Queen Anne's Golden Book
Chapter Sixteen: Disunity in the Union
Chapter Seventeen: Lost and Found
Chapter Eighteen: 'His Majesty Seven-Year Passengers'
Chapter Nineteen: The Last Hurrah
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Onyx_Prince More than 1 year ago
I am disappointment that this book hasn't gotten a better rating. Personally I thought that book gave a great insight on the other side of the slave trade during that time which was backed by archives and facts. I think that everyone should take the time to read this book and research this subject.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm disappointed I can't get this as an ebook.
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