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    White Cargo

    White Cargo

    In the 17th and 18th centuries, tens of thousands of British, Irish and Scottish were forcibly rounded upand they died in bondage in Britain’s American colonies. If they managed to escape, they were hunted down by their masters - and wanted notices were posted in local gazettes. The trade in human cargo included prostitutes, beggars, homeless children and other undesirables who were forcibly transported to places like Virginia and Maryland.   Hopeful migrants were also duped into signing as indentured servants, unaware that they would become chattels who could be bought, sold or even gambled away. Our April book club choice was ...

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