White Cargo

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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 26mm | 322.05g
  • Mainstream Publishing
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 x 8pp b/w
  • 1845961935
  • 9781845961930
  • 242,134

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"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 Londonshow more

About Don Jordan

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.show more

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