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White Cargo is the forgotten story of the thousands of Britons who lived and died in bondage in Britain’s American colonies.

In the 17th and 18th 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 livestock.

Drawing on letters crying for help, diaries and court and government archives, Don Jordan and Michael Walsh demonstrate that the brutalities usually associated with black slavery alone were perpetrated on whites throughout British rule. The trade ended with American independence, but the British still tried to sell convicts in their former colonies, which prompted one of the most audacious plots in Anglo-American history.

This is a saga of exploration and cruelty spanning 170 years that has been submerged under the overwhelming memory of black slavery. White Cargo brings the brutal, uncomfortable story to the surface.

©2007 Don Jordan and Michael Walsh (P)2019 Tantor Media Inc

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This should be taught in every school.

As a black listener I'm overjoyed at this books tellings of the slave trade without having to go down black victim hood road. As I've been told how it actually was by family members in Jamaica in which their parents worked the plantations along side the Irish. Slavery was never a purely "BLACK" affair it was a corporate one in which everyone of lower class was looked upon as a profitable good to sell. This incredible book should be taught in schools everywhere. As mainstream media propaganda proliferates false or half truths about this time to sow division amongst the people's of Euro & Afro heritage.

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Not for me

I've read a few books on this subject some I've read again. This one I won't

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eye opening

We as a human rase have a lot to be ashamed off. This is most definitely one of them.