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    DescriptionIn 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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    Title
    White Cargo
    Subtitle
    The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Don Jordan, By (author) Michael Walsh
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781845961930
    ISBN 10: 1845961935
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK, HBTS
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000, SOC054000
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    DC22: 306.3620973
    Illustrations note
    1 x 8pp b/w
    Publisher
    Mainstream Publishing
    Imprint name
    Mainstream Publishing
    Publication date
    03 April 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Edinburgh
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "An eye-opening and heart-rending story" The Times "Briskly written ... harrowing reading" Daily Telegraph "Will certainly make readers re-evaluate all the recent appeasement and hype about apologising for the slave trade" Daily Mail "An extraordinary book" -- Toni Morrison "A fascinating account of Britain's troubled relationship with its biggest colony" Metro London
    Review text
    Two British journalists unravel a significant history of indentured servitude in the New World.Before the 18th century, when Southern tobacco grandees and West Indian sugar planters imported Africans for cheap labor, the New World was the forced destination of many of England's unwanted - the rootless, the unemployed, the criminal and the dissident. Jordan and Walsh systematically dispel the creation myth - "in which early American settlers are portrayed as free men and women who created a democratic and egalitarian model society more or less from scratch" - surrounding the arrival of the English settlers by documenting several waves of "victims of empire" who were often treated as savagely as black slaves and toiled alongside them: boatloads of children raked up from the streets of London, forcibly transported to places like Virginia, sold to planters and often dead within a year; vagrants and petty criminals, ranging from beggars to prostitutes; the Irish, dehumanized and deported under Oliver Cromwell's ethnic-cleaning policy; the kidnapped, often young people snatched from the streets by " 'spirits' working to satisfy the colonial hunger for labor"; and the so-called "free-willers," who agreed to become indentured servants in return for free passage and perhaps an illusory plot of land. The authors work chronologically, beginning with England's Vagrancy Act of 1597, under which "persistent rogues" could be banished to the fledging colonies. As the first 100 street children were rounded up and sent off to work the tobacco fields of Virginia by 1618, kidnapping, or "spiriting," became so prevalent and feared that it appeared in the work of Daniel Defoe and Robert Louis Stevenson. The authors conclude with the abject floating British prisons off the coast of newly independent America.An eye-opening work to be read alongside Richard S. Reddie's forthcoming Abolition!: The Struggle to Abolish Slavery in the British Colonies (2008). (Kirkus Reviews)