Scots were also subjected to transportation to the British colonies for religious differences, as England imposed Anglican disciplines on the Church of Scotland as well. With that said, it is overall well-documented and thorough in bringing to light the treatment that so-called indentured servants often faced. One of the most interesting facts is that it describes the life of one Anthony Johnson, a black indentured servant who eventually gained freedom in the colonies and actually owned his own slaves. Some poorer families would place their children and toddlers into indentured servitude hoping they would have a better life. As one poster already mentioned, the only period where this even vaguely applicable is during the 1650s. He is now a producer and writer living in London, specializing in political and historical documentaries.
The indentured servant trade of colonial America is often overlooked and Jordan's White Cargo does an excellent of correcting this oversight. I liked the book, and appreciate the research the authors put into writing it. Beatings were common, and the perpetrators, buttressed by juries made up of fellow landowners, were rarely punished for abuse or even murder. And the horrific conditions they faced, both crossing the sea and once they land. He was the first person who opened weekly… 1569 Words 7 Pages Forgotten Half of History Women in Ancient civilizations could be seen as a backbone for women today. But this practice was quickly halted once discovered. This book gives some frightening statistics and the method of operandi of those who committed these heinous crimes, from Cromwell to the meanest street thug.
Aparently, this is the first instance in the Thirteen Colonies of a man who committed no crime, legally forced into servitude for life. The authors are right to remind us that African slavery was one form of bondage among many, rather than a unique and unprecedented condition. Later, while doing some family ancestory research I discovered a father and son in my ancestry who were obvioiusly indentured. If a negro dies it is a considerable loss you know. Those that did, would find they owed more time for various reasons. All the while, agents profited handsomely by augmenting their land holdings.
Walsh, your pseudo-white supremacist bullshit isn't gonna fucking work here. By contrast, the number of African slaves totaled somewhere between 500,000 and 600,000. Brutal corporal punishment was ubiquitous: every Virginia settlement had its own whipping post. This book gives and easy-to-follow, accurate, balanced account of indentured servitude and slavery, both black and white, started in 16th century Britain and played out in the American colonies. Once in the New World, they were effectively items of property to be treated as their masters saw fit. During the Georgian era they exiled 1,000 prisoners across the Atlantic every year. They are not Jewish either by religion or race.
But slavery is slavery, and what the poor white children, young adults, and criminals experienced in America was horrific. When one of his indentured servants, John Casor, sought his freedom after his term, Johnson fought for him to be enslaved for life. This genre reached its first success in the mid-twentieth century during the golden age of Hollywood studios, before it had being reinvented…. This is an actually history of indentured servitude, not a novel. Tragically, once these unfortunate youngsters arrived, 50% of them were dead within a year after being sold to farmers to work the fields. Okay, whatever, I tend to take books that have authors that have written numerous works a little more seriously at first glance, but it doesn't hurt them at all.
Every time I think I have a fairly reasonable understanding of American history, a book like this comes along and makes me feel gloriously ignorant. It is impossible to know the fates of each of the hundreds of thousands indentured servants who came to America, but some records are more or less complete. But as it stands, this is a hatchet job. Office-keepers maintained a base to run the operation. I got it because I suspect one of my mom's ancestor's was an indentured servant traced him back to service in the American Revolution but can find nothing prior to that and expected the usual dry history book.
If historians did agree on the premise that indentured servitude and slavery were the same, then I wouldn't be writing this critique of the main point of the book. It proved to be a highly profitable business for those involved, with transporters even resorting to kidnapping to fill cargo holds with people to work the tobacco fields. He delves into the corruption that was prevalent in England at the time and their laws which protected property but not people. Families in Great Britain would pay their debts by selling a child into servitude on ships or into apprenticeships. But I believe they were better treated than many in this book, and they apparently wanted to emigrate. A shipment consisting of one hundred children, ranging in ages eight to sixteen years old, gathered up from mainly the streets of London was sent to America in 1619, roughly four months before the first shipment of black slaves arrived. And do not say I interpret any book as racist if it deals with white servitude.
Initially, running away was considered a capital crime, with clemency granted in exchange for an agreement to increase the period of servitude. 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. But it is a book that is much needed. The early colonists were equal opportunity oppressors who were completely unconcerned about race. So they paid for their passage by working off their seven years to their sponsers. Beatings were common, and the perpetrators, buttressed by juries made up of fellow landowners, were rarely punished for abuse or even murder. It may not be written in the typical academic prose I'm used to in historical nonfiction, but it's still very well done.
Most of them died within a year or so. It wasn't an outright systematic attempt to deprive them of their rights, even if it amounted to one. And Parliament kept preventing the colonies from passing laws against it. X and Y are vaguely similar. This book is not historically accurate. No strike that, I'm not sorry - I just disagree. Initially it was an economic decision as it cost more to bring black slaves from Africa than whites from Britain.