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“This vividly written book tells the tale from both sides of the Atlantic . . . meticulously sourced and footnoted—but is never dry or academic...Jordan and Walsh offer an explanation of how the structures of slavery—black or white—were entwined in the roots of American society. They refrain from drawing links to today, except to remind readers that there are probably tens of millions of Americans who are descended from white slaves without even knowing it.”-New York Times Book Review
“With information gleaned from contemporary letters, journals and court archives, White Cargo is packed with proof that he brutalities usually associated with black slavery were, for centuries, also inflicted on whites.”-Daily Mail
“An eye-opening and heart-rending story.”-The Times (London)
“High school American history classes present indentured servitude as a benignly paternalistic system whereby colonial immigrants spent a few years working off their passage and went on to better things. Not so, this impassioned history argues: the indentured servitude of whites was comparable in most respects to the slavery endured by blacks. Given the hideous mortality rates, the authors argue, indentured contracts often amounted to a life sentence at hard labor—some convicts asked to be hanged rather than be sent to Virginia . . . their exposé of unfree labor in the British colonies paints an arresting portrait of early America as gulag. 8 pages of photos.”-Publishers Weekly
Good book, learn that there are more flavored ice creams when it comes to slavery.Published 19 days ago by john l. mcclain
Interesting, heart-breaking, little-known history of "white slavery" in Ireland and England.Published 1 month ago by just Bill
More people needs to know about this "little known" piece of historyPublished 2 months ago by Keith Pendleton
Thought so. You never tell the honest truth about your past, euro-Americans. Ever.. Now it's out. Smile, you did it to your selves, to each other, as you say to the minorities. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sean p.