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White Cargo

The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America
Written by: Don Jordan, Michael Walsh
Narrated by: Roger Clark
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins

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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.

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

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  • George W Pynn
  • 2019-06-25

Own the book, glad to find the Audio version

To me this is a story that needs to be told over and over again. Let us not forget the past. I would have preferred a different narrator. I understand the pic of the narration being the content of the book. But for me he was sometimes hard to understand.

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  • Dr. S. J. Ahearn III
  • 2019-05-22

Well done.

Very much enjoyed this book. It gave great insight to a piece of history that is little known. Worth the read.