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White Cargo

The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America

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White Cargo by Don Jordan
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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.

Author Biography

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.
Release date NZ
April 3rd, 2008
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
1 x 8pp b/w
Imprint
Mainstream Publishing
Pages
320
Dimensions
129x198x24
ISBN-13
9781845961930
Product ID
1668226

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