They Were White and They Were Slaves: The Untold History of the Enslavement of Whites in Early America Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01KU6LFK2
- Publisher : Independent History and Research (August 21, 2016)
- Publication date : August 21, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 3518 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 157 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #338,422 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Although there is sometimes present day acknowledgement of enslavement of the Irish, massive enslavement of English--especially poor children--was an early foundation of the American Colonies. Your average 'cracker' or 'hill billy' is likely descended from white slaves in that early phase of mass-enslavement.
This book throws many presumptions about racism into question. It also throws the current 'consensus' theories re: race into question.
First, especially in the current time, I found that this book doesn't portray "who was enslaved" as a zero-sum game. In other words, he documents in detail what happened with Slavic, English, Irish, and other white Europeans, but he also speaks a bit about Africans becoming slaves. My read was this book does not at all attempt to diminish the horrors of slavery inflicted upon Africans, but it supplements that well-known historical record with how millions of Slavic, English, and Irish men, women, and children were also enslaved. The book also discusses the horrendous labor conditions in England during those times. There is much history in this book I had no idea about, and the author constantly provides detailed citations to source reference material.
Second, the book really gave me a sense that we humans have been depriving each other of liberty and life for, well, a really long time - millennia. This enslavement and killing knew no racial or geographic boundaries, as everyone seems to have done this to everyone else, including to people very similar to themselves. The book talks about how Vikings a thousand years ago would sell other white Europeans into slavery, followed by other Europeans, and of course Africans sold other Africans into slavery, and both buyers and sellers transcended any race we in modernity might want to pick out in particular. We all did it. Again, that is not to diminish or elevate any one or any group in particular, it is a comment on gaining wider and more complete historical knowledge which can only inform our modern ethical choices and how we shape our polity and society going forward.
The book, despite its "budget" appearance, is very well written and very readable. I expected to pick it up and find a dry historical tome that would take me some time to read; instead, I found it riveting (admittedly it helps to be interested in history to begin with). Given the current political temper, its title and material is a little controversial, but truth is paramount. The book is not that long, so for curious and open-eyed students of history, I highly recommend it.
Top reviews from other countries
It is sad to read and just shows man's inhumanity to man and that race was never an issue and that white slaves were treated as bad if not worse than black slaves.
This really turns the history of slavery on it's head.
at first shocked but not shocked as I do believe we are only allowed to know what benefits the government, and after all this country in past centuries were hanging children who were orphaned and living on the streets stealing a little food because they were so hungry , if you were lucky you were sent to Australia or so we are lead to believe by the history books but, I doubt if what we are told is any where near the truth, so this wonderful read ( They Were White and They Were Slaves ) hits the nail on the head, nothing has changed then.