White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America
NYU Press, 8 mars 2008 - 320 pages
White Cargo is the forgotten story of the thousands of Britons who lived and died in bondage in Britain’s American colonies.
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, more than 300,000 white people were shipped to America as slaves. Urchins were swept up from London’s streets to labor in the tobacco fields, where life expectancy was no more than two years. Brothels were raided to provide “breeders” for Virginia. Hopeful migrants were duped into signing as indentured servants, unaware they would become personal property who could be bought, sold, and even gambled away. Transported convicts were paraded for sale like livestock.
Drawing on letters crying for help, diaries, and court and government archives, Don Jordan and Michael Walsh demonstrate that the brutalities usually 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 exploration 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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Table des matières
In the Shadow of the Myth
A Place for the Unwanted
The Judges Deam
The Merchant Prince
Children of the City
The Jagged Edge
They Are Not Dogs
The People Trade
Queen Annes Golden Book
Disunity in the Union
Lost and Found
His Majestys SevenYear Passengers
The Last Hurrah
Foreigners in Their Own Land
Dissent in the North
The Planter from Angola
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White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America
Don Jordan,Michael Walsh
Affichage d'extraits - 2007