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They Were White and They Were Slaves: The Untold History of the Enslavement of Whites in Early America Paperback – June, 1993
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Mr. Hoffman presents a rough outline of the history of the enslavement of whites in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Carribean and finally in America from Roman times to the begining of the 20th century. Documented are such details as:
-Slavery in ancient Greece and attitudes towards slaves there
-Arab traffic in white slave to the Middle East
-The Vikings' massive involvement in the slave trade during the middle ages
-White slavery and ethnic-cleansing in Ireland and Barbados under Oliver Cromwell
-Kidnapping of whites in Britain to bring to the Americas
-Child labor and gross working conditions in the mines and factories in America and Britain during the industrial revoloution.
-One of the most disturbing events documented here: the use of "human brooms" as chimney sweeps in England during the 1800's. These might be able to claim the worst status. The orphans who had to climb up chimneys filled with toxic dirt and soot weren't even paid to do so, they were forced to do that work and then BEG for a living.
-White slavery and white slave trade in colonial America. These whites were treated as more expendable then the African slaves because the slave ships had to go out of their way to pick up Africans.
-"Redneck," because whites had to work out in the fields in the sun so their skin would get tanned and burned.
-"Hillbilly," because when they were freed or escaped, the slaves had nowhere to live except in remote places in the backwoods and especially APPALACIA.Read more ›
In this book you'll discover that the British yeoman were kicked off of the land (that they had been farming on for centuries), forced into the city, and persecuted once they became a burden. How to handle the poor became an evolving humanitarian pet project and money maker for the aristocracy. The lives of these poor people meant so little that the government funded merchants to take them off the streets (ie, kidnap them) and sell them in America, making them infinitely more lucrative and equally dispensable. The systems of slavery eventually started migrating into the workhouses (before plantation slavery even ended, enslaving whites in the north) and eventually into the Factory System.
My conclusion: The Factory System, the last phase of mankind's slavery mentioned in this book, has not gone away (especially not in certain countries, ie: China/Foxxcon's factory scandal), it has only changed its appearance in the US and other "First World" countries, balancing human pain and acceptable profit at thresholds determined through evolving "regulations"...Read more ›
Hoffman's books goes far beyond slavery in the United States, however, giving an indepth chronicle of white slavery throughout history. The book begins with the Greeks and continues on with white slavery by the Romans, the Arabs, who also implemented the practice of slave castration, the Franks, Vikings, African Kings, and yes, American colonials and eventually, American Indians.
Hoffman also gives an indepth explanation as to why white slavery in American history has been all but swept under the rug. The book is well written, very well researched and lends critical understanding to anyone who truly wants to have an informed and balanced view of our slavery history.
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a serious and well researched book...horrible reading but The Truth isnt prettyPublished 10 months ago by Brigid McCormick
Very informative and nice to hear a book that isn't just ranting about the wrongs whites had done to 'minorities'. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Andy R. Herman