Investigating White Slavery

29/06/2007 – Don Jordan and Mike Walsh talk about investigating the forgotten story of thousands of white Britons who lived and died in bondage in Britain’s American Colonies.
During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries hundreds of thousands of people became slaves, in all but name, in the American colonies. Urchins were collected from London’s streets to work in the tobacco fields, and brothels were raided to provide ‘breeders’ for Virginia.
Migrants, hopeful of finding a new, better life, would be duped into signing as servants. Not until they arrived did they become aware of the awful truth, that they could be bought, gambled away, and sold — paraded for sale like livestock.
Don Jordan and Michael Walsh, authors of White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America, investigate this forgotten episode in the annals of slavery, intricately piecing together history drawn from letters, diaries and court and government archives.