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

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Mainstream Publishing, May 20, 2011 - History - 320 pages
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In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, 300,000 people or more became slaves there in all but name. Urchins were swept up from London's streets to labour in the tobacco fields, brothels were raided to provide 'breeders' for Virginia and hopeful migrants were duped into signing as indentured servants, unaware they would become chattels who could be bought, sold and gambled away.

Drawing on letters, diaries, and court and government archives, the authors demonstrate that the brutalities 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 exploitation 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.

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Review: White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America

User Review  - Ed Hillenbrand - Goodreads

Some people talk of hating all people equally, the English of the 17th and 18th century lived it. They kidnapped and sold into slavery their own children! The “Powers That Be” at this time were mean ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gregory Barron - Goodreads

Worth reading if you are specifically interested in England's business of indentured servitude and selling convicts to planters in their American colonies Read full review

About the author (2011)

Don Jordan is a television producer and director who has worked on dozens of documentaries and dramas.

Michael Walsh spent twelve years as a reporter and presenter on World in Action and has won six awards.

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