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    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 ...
    On our 13 April programme......

    On our 13 April programme......

    Book Club  White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America by Don Jordan and Michael White (NYU Press)   In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, more than 300,000 white people were shipped to America as slaves. Urchins were swept up from London's streets to labor in the tobacco fields, where life expectancy was no more than two years. Brothels were raided to provide "breeders" for Virginia. Hopeful migrants were duped into signing as indentured servants, unaware they would become personal property who could be bought, sold, and even gambled away. Transported convicts were paraded for sale like ...

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