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Introduction: In the Shadow of MythChapter One: A Place for the UnwantedChapter Two: The Judge's DreamChapter Three: The Merchant PrinceChapter Four: Children of the CityChapter Five: The Jagged EdgeChapter Six: 'They Are Not Dogs'Chapter Seven: The People TradeChapter Eight: Spirited AwayChapter Nine: Foreigners in Their Own LandChapter Ten: Dissent in the NorthChapter Eleven: The Planter from AngolaChapter Twelve: 'Barbadosed'Chapter Thirteen: The GrandeesChapter Fourteen: Bacon's RebellionChapter Fifteen: Queen Anne's Golden BookChapter Sixteen: Disunity in the UnionChapter Seventeen: Lost and FoundChapter Eighteen: 'His Majesty Seven-Year Passengers'Chapter Nineteen: The Last HurrahNotesSelect BibliographyIndex

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Don Jordan is an award-winning television director and writer who has worked on dozens of documentaries and dramas. He lives in London. Michael Walsh spent twelve years as a reporter and presenter on World in Action and has won several awards for his work. He is now a producer and writer living in London, specializing in political and historical documentaries.


"With information gleaned from contemporary letters, journals and court archives, White Cargo is packed with proof that he brutalities usually associated with black slavery were, for centuries, also inflicted on whites." -Daily Mail "An eye-opening and heart-rending story." -The Times (London) "High school American history classes present indentured servitude as a benignly paternalistic system whereby colonial immigrants spent a few years working off their passage and went on to better things. Not so, this impassioned history argues: the indentured servitude of whites was comparable in most respects to the slavery endured by blacks. Given the hideous mortality rates, the authors argue, indentured contracts often amounted to a life sentence at hard labor-some convicts asked to be hanged rather than be sent to Virginia ... their expose of unfree labor in the British colonies paints an arresting portrait of early America as gulag. 8 pages of photos." -Publishers Weekly "A colorful series of portraits of villains and victims, exploiters and exploited, rendered with bemused outrage."-Choice "This vividly written book tells the tale from both sides of the Atlantic ... meticulously sourced and footnoted-but is never dry or academic...Jordan and Walsh offer an explanation of how the structures of slavery-black or white-were entwined in the roots of American society. They refrain from drawing links to today, except to remind readers that there are probably tens of millions of Americans who are descended from white slaves without even knowing it." -New York Times Book Review

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