Bound for America: the transportation of British convicts to the colonies, 1718-1775

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Clarendon Press, 1987 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 277 pages
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From 1718 to 1775, British courts banished 50,000 convicts to America--the largest body of immigrants, aside from African slaves, ever sent across the Atlantic--in hopes of restoring social peace at home without posing the threat to traditional freedoms raised by the death penalty or a harsh corrective system. Drawing upon archives in Britain and the United States, Bound for America examines the critical role this punishment played in Britain's criminal justice system. It also assesses the nature of the convict trade, the social origins of the transported felons, and the impact such a large criminal influx had on colonial society.

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Valuable research revealing a little know episode of American history. It is generally know that Australia was founded as a convict colony (and remained primarily so for almost 100 years); Ekirch's ... Read full review


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A. Roger Ekirch is professor of history at Virginia Tech. He lives in Roanoke, Virginia.