The Irish Slaves: Slavery, Indenture and Contract Labor Among Irish Immigrants

Front Cover
Createspace Independent Pub, Oct 28, 2010 - History - 202 pages
0 Reviews
They came in the holds of overcrowded ships, packed in among cargo and animals. They were sold to others to work as hard and under as dismal conditions as their owners chose. They were taken to the West Indies, to Barbados, to the American colonies, and beyond. A familiar story, is it not? But these immigrants, derived of all personal freedom, were Irish, and their servitude started long before black slavery was common. Even among those not enslaved, many were treated nearly the same as indentured servants, or later as contract labor on the railroads, mines, and other dangerous tasks. Your eyes will be opened by this book if you dare to allow them to be, as you learn more of this nearly forgotten part of world history.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

About the author (2010)

Rhetta Akamatsu lives in Marietta, Ga with her husband. She has previously written about ghosts and blues music. Her heritage is Irish, and it is possible that at least one ancestor was an indentured servant in the 1600's.

Bibliographic information