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White Cargo by Don Jordan
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Oct 18, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: slavery, history, white-slavery
Read from September 26 to October 18, 2011

This is an excellent primer on white slavery in the early days of the United States. The various plans by which England got rid of its criminals and dissenters sent thousands of "free" Englishmen and women to serve on the tobacco plantations of the South, and in the sugar cane fields of Barbados. The ethnic cleansing of Ireland provided more labor, much of which died either aboard the ships on their way across the Atlantic, or under the harsh conditions of life. Most interesting was the relationship of white slavery and black slavery, which doesn't at all resemble what's usually printed in school history books. The book has an extensive bibliography, and an index which, unfortunately, is useless because it couldn't be adapted to the limitations of an ebook.

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