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The Slaves That Time Forgot---THEY WERE WHITE IRISH.

 
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The Slaves That Time Forgot






By John Martin



They came as slaves; vast human cargo transported on tall British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children.



Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment. They were burned alive and had their heads placed on pikes in the marketplace as a warning to other captives.



We don’t really need to go through all of the gory details, do we? After all, we know all too well the atrocities of the African slave trade. But, are we talking about African slavery?



King James II and Charles I led a continued effort to enslave the Irish. Britain’s famed Oliver Cromwell furthered this practice of dehumanizing one’s next door neighbor.



The Irish slave trade began when James II sold 30,000 Irish prisoners as slaves to the New World. His Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies. By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves.



Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were actually white.



From 1641 to 1652, over 500,000 Irish were killed by the English and another 300,000 were sold as slaves. Ireland’s population fell from about 1,500,000 to 600,000 in one single decade. Families were ripped apart as the British did not allow Irish dads to take their wives and children with them across the Atlantic. This led to a helpless population of homeless women and children. Britain’s solution was to auction them off as well.



During the 1650s, over 100,000 Irish children between the ages of 10 and 14 were taken from their parents and sold as slaves in the West Indies, Virginia and New England. In this decade, 52,000 Irish (mostly women and children) were sold to Barbados and Virginia. Another 30,000 Irish men and women were also transported and sold to the highest bidder. In 1656, Cromwell ordered that 2000 Irish children be taken to Jamaica and sold as slaves to English settlers.



Many people today will avoid calling the Irish slaves what they truly were: Slaves. They’ll come up with terms like “Indentured Servants” to describe what occurred to the Irish. However, in most cases from the 17th and 18th centuries, Irish slaves were nothing more than human cattle.



As an example, the African slave trade was just beginning during this same period. It is well recorded that African slaves, not tainted with the stain of the hated Catholic theology and more expensive to purchase, were often treated far better than their Irish counterparts.



African slaves were very expensive during the late 1600s (50 Sterling). Irish slaves came cheap (no more than 5 Sterling). If a planter whipped or branded or beat an Irish slave to death, it was never a crime. A death was a monetary setback, but far cheaper than killing a more expensive African.



The English masters quickly began breeding the Irish women for both their own personal pleasure and for greater profit. Children of slaves were themselves slaves, which increased the size of the master’s free workforce. Even if an Irish woman somehow obtained her freedom, her kids would remain slaves of her master. Thus, Irish moms, even with this new found emancipation, would seldom abandon their kids and would remain in servitude.



In time, the English thought of a better way to use these women (in many cases, girls as young as 12) to increase their market share: The settlers began to breed Irish women and girls with African men to produce slaves with a distinct complexion. These new “mulatto” slaves brought a higher price than Irish livestock and, likewise, enabled the settlers to save money rather than purchase new African slaves.



This practice of interbreeding Irish females with African men went on for several decades and was so widespread that, in 1681, legislation was passed “forbidding the practice of mating Irish slave women to African slave men for the purpose of producing slaves for sale.” In short, it was stopped only because it interfered with the profits of a large slave transport company.



England continued to ship tens of thousands of Irish slaves for more than a century. Records state that, after the 1798 Irish Rebellion, thousands of Irish slaves were sold to both America and Australia.



There were horrible abuses of both African and Irish captives. One British ship even dumped 1,302 slaves into the Atlantic Ocean so that the crew would have plenty of food to eat.



There is little question that the Irish experienced the horrors of slavery as much (if not more in the 17th Century) as the Africans did. There is, also, very little question that those brown, tanned faces you witness in your travels to the West Indies are very likely a combination of African and Irish ancestry.



In 1839, Britain finally decided on it’s own to end it’s participation in Satan’s highway to hell and stopped transporting slaves. While their decision did not stop pirates from doing what they desired, the new law slowly concluded THIS chapter of nightmarish Irish misery.



But, if anyone, black or white, believes that slavery was only an African experience, then they’ve got it completely wrong.



Irish slavery is a subject worth remembering, not erasing from our memories. But, where are our public (and PRIVATE) schools???? Where are the history books? Why is it so seldom discussed?



Do the memories of hundreds of thousands of Irish victims merit more than a mention from an unknown writer? Or is their story to be one that their English pirates intended: To (unlike the African book) have the Irish story utterly and completely disappear as if it never happened.



None of the Irish victims ever made it back to their homeland to describe their ordeal. These are the lost slaves; the ones that time and biased history books conveniently forgot.
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YES!! WHITE PEOPLE WERE SLAVES TOO.

ENSLAVED BY THEIR OWN WHITE PEOPLE TOO!!
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YES!! WHITE PEOPLE WERE SLAVES TOO.

ENSLAVED BY THEIR OWN WHITE PEOPLE TOO!!
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Don't forget the Slavs!
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Irish slavery is a subject worth remembering, not erasing from our memories. But, where are our public (and PRIVATE) schools???? Where are the history books? Why is it so seldom discussed?

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It's not discussed because the Irish don't whine about it. When we got out of slavery, we got strong - we eventually became community leaders and we didn't dwell on the past. We joined the rest of society, even though we still faced cruelty from time to time - we pressed on, and we've succeeded as a people. There's no need to dwell on the past, we celebrate the present and look forward to the future.
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I WANT REPARATIONS!
VOTE OBAMA!
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I THINK COLOR DID NOT ENTER THE PICTURE UNTIL THE AFRICAN SLAVES WERE BROUGHT OVER.


EVEN THEN THEY WERE GIVEN WHITE IRISH GIRLS TO HAVE SEX WITH.

AND CHILDREN BORN WERE VALUABLE AS A STRONG WORK FORCE.

I THINK THIS WHITE AND BLACK ISSUE STARTED WHEN ENGLAND BEGAN TO CONQUER AFRICA, AND THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE.
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Irish people are now lazy rich and have forgotten their heritage, we have forgotten who we are in a mere blink of an eye.

Ireland used to be great, not too sure now.
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Irish people are now lazy rich and have forgotten their heritage, we have forgotten who we are in a mere blink of an eye.

Ireland used to be great, not too sure now.
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Part of the agenda to fatten us up for the slaughter!
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Irish slavery is a subject worth remembering, not erasing from our memories. But, where are our public (and PRIVATE) schools???? Where are the history books? Why is it so seldom discussed?




It's not discussed because the Irish don't whine about it. When we got out of slavery, we got strong - we eventually became community leaders and we didn't dwell on the past. We joined the rest of society, even though we still faced cruelty from time to time - we pressed on, and we've succeeded as a people. There's no need to dwell on the past, we celebrate the present and look forward to the future.
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OH YES AND WE HAD ALSO AN IRISH PRESIDENT OF THE USA. WHO WAS HE?

KENNEDY?
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Irish slavery is a subject worth remembering, not erasing from our memories. But, where are our public (and PRIVATE) schools???? Where are the history books? Why is it so seldom discussed?




It's not discussed because the Irish don't whine about it. When we got out of slavery, we got strong - we eventually became community leaders and we didn't dwell on the past. We joined the rest of society, even though we still faced cruelty from time to time - we pressed on, and we've succeeded as a people. There's no need to dwell on the past, we celebrate the present and look forward to the future.



OH YES AND WE HAD ALSO AN IRISH PRESIDENT OF THE USA. WHO WAS HE?

KENNEDY?
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Reagan too?
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Irish people are now lazy rich and have forgotten their heritage, we have forgotten who we are in a mere blink of an eye.

Ireland used to be great, not too sure now.


Part of the agenda to fatten us up for the slaughter!
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Speak for yourself, there.
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Be sure to keep this info out of the text books....all the fair skin think they came over on the Mayflower. LOL!!
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Irish people are now lazy rich and have forgotten their heritage, we have forgotten who we are in a mere blink of an eye.

Ireland used to be great, not too sure now.
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speech for yourself...not fat or lazy...work my ass
off..most people cannot believe the amount of work
I do.. I take pride in who I am and how hard I work...
I think its a measure of a man to be able to do a job
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Be sure to keep this info out of the text books....all the fair skin think they came over on the Mayflower. LOL!!
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No we don't.

We know who we are.
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don't know what you think is BS about this.

it's true!
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WHATS WITH THE BS FLAG?

YOU CANNOT ERASE HISTORY. YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM A INFERIORITY COMPLEX.
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Go to hell. they were used to overthrow this country.
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Be sure to keep this info out of the text books....all the fair skin think they came over on the Mayflower. LOL!!



No we don't.

We know who we are.
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No shit,kind of hard to be a dark skinned Irish person and not suspect something was amiss in the past lol!
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OBAMA'S MOTHER WAS IRISH?

THIS EXPLAINS WHY SHE ACCEPTED OTHER RACES.
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Go to hell. they were used to overthrow this country.
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EXPLAIN.
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Here's some more history of "White Slavery" in America and around the world. Many were cruelties performed on these hapless victims:

THEY WERE WHITE AND THEY WERE SLAVES: The Untold History of the Enslavement of Whites in Early America
By: Michael Hoffman II on: 24.08.2008

"They were of two sorts, first such as were brought over by masters of ships to be sold as servants. Such as we call them my dear,’ says she, ‘but they are more properly called slaves." —Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders

This is a history of White people that has never been told in any coherent form, largely because most modern historians have, for reasons of politics or psychology, refused to recognize White slaves in early America as just that.

Today, not a tear is shed for the sufferings of millions of our own enslaved forefathers. 200 years of White slavery in America have been almost completely obliterated from the collective memory of the American people.

Who wants to be reminded that half—perhaps as many as thirds—of the original American colonists came here, not of their own free will, but kidnapped, shanghaied, impressed, duped, beguiled, and yes, in chains?... we tend to gloss over it... we’d prefer to forget the whole sorry chapter... "(Elaine Kendall, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 1, 1985).

A correct understanding of the authentic history of the enslavement of Whites in America could have profound consequences for the future of the races: "We cannot be sure that the position of the earliest Africans differed markedly from that of the white indentured servants. The debate has considerable significance for the interpretation of race relations in American history" (Eugene D. Genovese, Roll, Jordan Roll: The World the Slaves Made, p. 31).

Most of the books on White labor in early America are titled with words like "White indentured servi-tude," White "bondservants," White "servants" etc. It is interesting that White people who were bound to a condition of what became in many cases permanent chattel slavery unto death, are not referred to as slaves by Establishment academics.

With the massive concentration of educational and media resources on the negro experience of slavery the unspoken assumption has been that only Blacks have been enslaved to any degree or magnitude worthy of study or memorial. The historical record reveals that this is not the case, how-ever. White people have been sold as slaves for centuries.

White Slavery in Ancient & Medieval Europe

Among the ancient Greeks, despite their tradition of democracy, the enslavement of fellow Whites—even fellow Greeks—was the order of the day. Aristotle considered White slaves as things. The Ro-mans also had no compunctions against enslaving Whites who they too termed "a thing" (res). In his agricultural writings, the first century B.C. Roman philosopher Varro labeled White slaves as nothing more than "tools that happened to have voices" (instrumenti vocale). Cato the Elder, discoursing on plantation management, proposed that White slaves when old or ill should be discarded along with worn-out farm implements.

Julius Caesar enslaved as many as one million Whites from Gaul, some of whom were sold to the slave dealers who followed his victorious legions (William D. Phillips, Jr., Slavery from Roman Times to the Early Transatlantic Trade, p.18).

In A.D. 319 the "Christian" emperor of Rome, Constantine, ruled that if an owner whipped his White slave to death "he should not stand in any criminal accusation if the slave dies; and all statutes of limi-tations and legal interpretations are hereby set aside."

The Romans enslaved thousands of the early White inhabitants of Great Britain who were known as "Angles", from which we derive the term "Anglo-Saxon" as a description of the English race. In the sixth century Pope Gregory the First witnessed blond-haired, blue-eyed English boys awaiting sale in a slave market in Rome. Inquiring of their origin, the Pope was told they were Angles. Gregory replied, "Non Angli, sed Angeli" ("Not Angles, but Angels").
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When the Franks conquered the Visigoths in southern Gaul huge numbers of Whites entered the slave markets. "After Charlemagne’s conquest of Saxony, during which many pagan Saxons were en-slaved, he set up a network of parish churches. To provide for the maintenance of the priest and the church, those living in the parish were to donate a house and land as well as a male and female (Saxon) slave to the church for every 120 people in the parish" (William Phillips. p. 52).

Arabs and the Traffic in White Slaves
The trade in White slaves was one of the few sources of foreign exchange for western European powers in a period when the East produced the goods that Europeans could not procure elsewhere. The sale of White slaves to Asia and Africa was one of the few sources of gold for European treasur-ies.

From the eighth to the eleventh century France was a major transfer point for White slaves to the Muslim world, with Rouen being the center for the selling of Irish and Flemish slaves.

"At the same time that France was a transfer point for slaves to the Muslim world, Italy was occupy-ing much the same position... Venetians (were)... selling slaves and timber across the Mediterranean. The slaves were usually Slays brought across the Alps...

The Venetians were the earliest successful Italian sea traders and because profits on (slave) trade with the Muslims were lucrative, they resisted efforts to stop them. In return for their exports of timber, iron and (White) slaves, they brought in orien-tal luxury products, mainly fine cloths..." (William Phillips, pp. 62-63).

The stereotype from Establishment consensus history is of the Muslim slaver herding chained Blacks through the desert. In fact, for seven hundred years, until the fall of Muslim Spain, those being herded were first and foremost overwhelmingly White:

"Before the tenth century the Muslims generally bought Christian Europeans as slaves... By the tenth century, Slavs became the most numerous imported group... during the late Middle Ages, until the fall of Granada in the late fifteenth century, most slaves of the... Muslims were Christians from the northern kingdoms..." (William Phillips, p. 69).

"In the vast lands of the eastern European steppes from the eighth to the twelfth century, there was a well-developed slaving network... Slavs and Finns, called saqaliba (slaves) indiscriminately by the Muslims, entered the Muslim world by these Caspian and Black sea routes." (William Phillips, pp. 63-64).

The fate of the hundreds of thousands of White slaves sold to the Arabs was described in one Spanish text as "atrocissima et ferocissima" (most atrocious and harsh). The men were worked to death as galley slaves. The women, girls and boys were used as prostitutes.

White males had their genitals mutilated in castration attempts—bloody procedures of incredible brutality which most of the White men who were forced to submit did not survive, judging from the high prices White eunuchs commanded throughout the Middle Eastern slave markets.

Escape from North Africa and the Middle East was almost impossible and those White slaves who were caught trying to flee were punished by having their noses and ears cut off, or worse.

Early Muslim texts provide insights into the extent to which the Arabs identified Europeans with slavery, classified White slaves as animals and even produced learned racist disquisitions on the supposed merits of emasculated East European slaves. In his ninth century treatise on beasts, The Book of Animals, the Muslim scholar Jahiz writes:

"Another change which overcomes the eunuch: of two slaves of Slavic race, who are... twins, one castrated and the other not, the eunuch becomes more disposed toward service, wiser, more able, and apt for various problems of manual labor... All these qualities you find only in the castrated one. On the other hand, his brother continues to have the same native torpor, the same lack of natural tal-ent, the same imbecility common to slaves, and incapacity for learning a foreign language."(Charles Verlinden, The Slave in Medieval Europe, vol. 1, p. 213).

[link to iraqwar.mirror-world.ru]

Slaves and souls of men were no more than merchandise. What an ugly history!
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Irish people are now lazy rich and have forgotten their heritage, we have forgotten who we are in a mere blink of an eye.

Ireland used to be great, not too sure now.
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Speak for your fucking self. My Irish ancestors were slaves in the colonies. My ancestors didn't forget our heritage. My family isn't 'lazy rich.' My great great grandfather risked his life to help black slaves escape to the North to freedom. I am a product of what the OP details, and every word is true.
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Go to hell. they were used to overthrow this country.

EXPLAIN.
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Catholics rule this country today, responsible for all the wars and inquisition the world over at the hands of the pope's pentagon, department of war.

If you want to come to this land leave your pope in ireland.
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I'm Irish and I sure as hell don't have any fucking pope!
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[link to www.jimgoad.net]

A QUICK HISTORY OF THE WHITE AMERICAN UNDERCLASS
(AND AN EVEN QUICKER HISTORY OF THE GOADS)

WHITE PEOPLE IN AMERICA. Yumpin’ yiminy, whatta loaded concept. It has acquired the same sinister ring as “HIV in your bloodstream” or “radioactive waste in our water supply.” There’s a primitive, biblical, sins-o’-the-father notion that ALL American whites, by virtue of their birth alone, bear a stain on their souls for black slavery.

White guilt. Can’t turn on the TV or radio without being bum-rushed with it. White guilt. After tubes and tubes of toothpaste, I still can’t brush it off my teeth. White guilt. I tried to have an operation to remove the guilty tumor, but no doctor could help me.

I’ve finally figured out why I can’t get rid of my white guilt. It’s because I have none. Yet the guilt-merchants keep tapping at my door like court-ordered psychiatrists, insisting that I swallow the guilt pill. They chide me with increasingly patronizing tones that I must be too thick-skulled to grasp the doctrine of collective guilt.

Bend over and grasp THIS. I understand collective guilt better than you do. I’m willing to accept blame for whatever I’ve done, but I need PROOF, especially if I’ll be forced to pay reparations. I won’t accept it on hearsay. From my research, I can’t find any ancestors who owned slaves, but more than a few of them seem to have been slaves themselves. So you can take your white-guilt la-dee-da, fold it into a paper airplane, and respectfully tuck it up your rectal canal.

It’s ironic that American schoolbooks preach that all white people came here looking for freedom, when so many of them came in chains. Yet the “freedom angle” is the panoramic totality of received history as pumped into your cranium by school textbooks and multimillion-dollar TV period pieces. As riddled with Swiss-cheese holes as it is, our generalized impression of the white American diaspora runs something like this: There were no white slaves. All whites CHOSE to come to America. Only blacks were kidnapped, shackled, and sent here. Only blacks suffered through a harrowing “Middle Passage” across the Atlantic. Only blacks were beaten, whipped, sold on auction blocks, and forcibly separated from their families. Only black women were raped by slavemasters. Only blacks were brutalized by their masters to the point where they ran away.

Would you call me a naughty sprite if I proved that every one of those perceptions was wrong? Would you label me as Satan hi’self if I were to prove them erroneous not only in isolated, freaky-flukey instances, but as they apply to most whites who came to the colonies? Would you strike my name from the list of invited guests to your next wine-and-cheese gathering?

‘Tis OK. I’m used to it. I’m a professional jerkoff. My surname is also a verb. To ‘goad,’ if you haven’t caught on by now, means to incite, to prod, to annoy. Jim Goad—Jim the Annoyer.

Little Jim Goad went to a grade school, a high school, and a college where I was taught an incomplete version of history, probably something similar to what you were taught. You’ve likely heard of “indentured servitude”—maybe for about fifteen seconds. If history teachers mention it at all, the context is almost exclusively a comparison of how bad it WASN’T compared to black slavery. You might have the perception of indentured servitude as a benign, voluntary contractual arrangement like apprenticeship. After I left history class, I carried away the idea that a cabal of muckety-muck benefactors allowed white people to learn a trade in the New World and were so effusively benevolent that they even paid for their passage across the Atlantic. I pictured Ben Franklin teaching Oliver Twist how to run a printing press, or maybe Tom Jefferson instructing the Artful Dodger in Latin. It sounded like such a good deal, I wondered how I could sign up.

But alas, as Young Jim Goad reached adulthood, there was too much white trash around and too few explanations of their historical genesis to satisfy my tortured mind. So I asked myself: What were the historical circumstances which gave birth to me, a pasty glob of ivory-colored rubbish? I started probing my ancestry hoping not to find nobility, but peasantry. And it looks as if I’ve struck a gold mine of garbage.

About a year ago, I received a bulk-mailed sales pitch from an Ohio company for a limited-edition volume entitled The World Book of Goads. For $39.95 plus S&H, the book promised to trace my family surname’s history. I ponied up the wampum and waited by my mailbox. The first two-thirds of The World Book of Goads has nothing to do with Goads; instead, it’s a cheap historical rehash resembling my old grade-school textbooks. Pastel-drawn, Reader’s Digest-style artwork portrays historical personages as better-groomed and happier than we all know they were. But almost in spite of itself, this section provides some valuable half-assed disinformation:
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Many early immigrants to America at this time were driven from Great Britain and Europe by religious motives.…The African-American is the only class which immigrated against its will.

No doubt you’ve heard it before. But it isn’t true. A staggering percentage of early European “immigrants” to America were FORCED out of Europe for reasons which had nothing to do with religion. The World Book of Goads also states that Britain sent more than 120,000 convicts to Australia, a painful penal policy of which most Americans seem aware. But there’s nary a chirp about the fact that Britain sent more than 50,000 convicts to America and only started sending them to Australia after we rebelled against the Crown.

Apart from such cockeyed history, The World Book of Goads contains a list of presumably every Goad family in America, along with mailing addresses. According to my assiduous calculations, sixty-one percent of American Goads live in the South and what I call the “Redneck Southwest,” Texas and Oklahoma. Virginia and Tennessee are the two biggest Goad states, respectively. Another twenty-one percent o’ Goads live in the Midwest. Fewer than one in five American Goad families live outside of these areas. So by satisfying the geographical prong alone, most of us Goads are rednecks.

The book devotes a scant three pages to “Early Goad Immigrants to America,” but this alone may have been worth the purchase price. In 1635, the first year that my paternal ancestors are recorded as having reared their Goadly heads in the New World, five Goads surface in the American colonies or West Indies. Thomas Goad, 15, arrived in Boston. Another Thomas Goad, also 15, landed in New York. William Goad, 18, planted his Goad toenails on Virginia soil. In the same year, two other Goads arrived in Barbados: John, 22, and William, 21. Samuel Goad was sent to Barbados in 1654, followed by another Sam to “Barbados or Nevis” in 1661. A third William Goad (I remember the stinging schoolyard taunts of “billy goat,” and my name isn’t even William) alighted upon Maryland ground in 1674. And according to a cited source called English Convicts in Colonial America, a jailbird-in-exile named Thomas Goad was shipped here in 1766.

I toss and turn at night, sweatily tugging on my ultra-fluffy Elvis blanket: Why only male Goads? Why did all of those male Goads come here alone, without their families? Why were these Goads so young? Why was a convict Goad sent here? And why did so many of dem Goads, dem Goads, dem dry Goads go to Barbados?

Frankly, I don’t have solid answers. I don’t even have solid bowel movements, OK? I can only speculate and expectorate. Most Goad families currently in the British Isles, according to The World Book of Goads, reside in the south of England. And most indentured servants in America had been plucked out of a shiftless, unemployed, potentially volatile group of lime-suckers from England’s southern end.1

Although you wouldn’t know it from gawking at your TV, nearly all current historians concur that the MAJORITY of whites who came to America in colonial times arrived in a servile condition. Most who specialize in researching indentured servitude agree that at least half, and possibly as many as two-thirds, of ALL white colonial immigrants arrived in chains.2

In Virginia and Maryland during the 1600s, the white-servant quotient was even higher. An study of Virginia from 1623 to 1637 showed that white servants outnumbered white freemen by three to one.3 In Maryland at one point in the 1600s, the ratio was six to one.4 As noted above, at least two Goads were sent to Virginia and Maryland during the 1600s. I’ll play the odds and bet that at least a few of my colonial ancestors were brought here as bound servants. This doesn’t count Tom Goad, the aforementioned convict.

Chances are as good, or even better, that those Barbados Goads were white slaves sold by Oliver Cromwell to the whip-crackers of huge West Indies sugar plantations. Barbados, a sweltering Hades closer to South America than North America, became a favored dumping ground of Cromwell’s political enemies. He sacked so many of his opponents in this manner, the practice became known as being “Barbadosed.”5 Cromwell was said to have Barbadosed at least a hundred thousand of his politico-religious foes.6 With one decree in 1651, Cromwell enslaved seven to eight thousand Scots and British Royalists he’d conquered at Worcester and sent them all clanging in chains off to the New World.7 He also sent Irish survivors of his slaughter at Drogheda into slavery. In the 1640s, more than eighty-five percent of the estimated 25,000 slaves in Barbados were white.8 In 1653, an estimated half of all white Barbadians were Cromwell’s political and religious slaves.9

Cromwell’s son Henry helped run the white-slave racket from London along with daddy, and in 1655 Henry issued an edict which stated that although “we must use force” in seizing young Irish women as colonial laborers, it was “so much for their owne goode” anyway.10

Young Hank Cromwell had a point, if you agree that a rapid death from disease, overwork, or torture is for your own good. From nearly all accounts, the hundred thousand or so white slaves in the West Indies rarely survived the term of their indenture. You might say that the climate was hostile to the Caucasian constitution. Hundreds of thousands of dough-colored Brits, Scots, and Irishmen had been transplanted from their ancestral rain and freezing gloom onto the clay-baked furnace heat of the West Indies and American South. Their pale-white ankles were suddenly planted in tobacco fields, sugar farms, and rice swamps.

The acclimatization phase was known ominously as “seasoning.” With the prick of a mosquito’s proboscis, malaria was shot into their veins. Dysentery wormed a bloody swath through their intestines. Bone-melting fevers often boiled them alive. According to accounts from both Virginia and the West Indies during the 1600s, roughly EIGHTY PERCENT of white slaves/servants died within the first twelve months after arrival.11 Thousands and thousands of white servants, male and female, quietly perished in tropical squalor, their “seasoning” having rendered them crispy corpses.

Barbados was barbaric. Not only was the flaming equatorial heat inimical to the European metabolism, Barbadian slave-drivers were said to be particularly cruel. One island commissioner reportedly petitioned Cromwell to switch over to black slavery, reasoning that since black slaves were a costlier, more permanent investment, the vicious overseers might “take more interest in their preservation and so work them with moderation.”12

Some blacks in the West Indies are still said to retain vestiges of Gaelic language and culture. Music scholars have maintained that the odd mix of anger and rhythm engendered by commingling Irish and black slaves in the West Indies provided the cultural genesis of rock ‘n’ roll. But if the white slaves of Barbados still exist, it is only in words and music. They were almost all murdered by a blood-hungry system of human bondage. And some of them may have been my distant relatives.

It would be bad enough if Barbados had been an aberration, but it was only part of a much larger pattern of forced expulsion and enslavement which had arisen in the British Isles and parts of the German Rhineland. Starting in the late 1500s, legal entities in these areas had realized that the most efficient way to quell potential domestic trouble was to deport potential domestic troublemakers.

First came the recruiters. Pamphlets and posters. A greasy handshake, a wide-open smile, and a pocketful of lies about a sunny new land called America. There were boatloads of filthy lucre to be made by shipping human bodies to the New World, but your typical British recruiting agent might not state it that crudely. With a come-on pitch soaked in brassy ostentation and impossible promises, the recruiter of voluntary indentured servants was a sleazy used-car salesman who peddled human bodies as if they were rusty Pintos. Like most swindlers, he worked first by persuasion, resorting to force only when necessary.

Apparently, force was often necessary. In England, the recruiting agents who were polite enough not to bop you on the head and drag you onto a slaveship were called “drums,” because they restricted their activity to drumming up recruits. Those who slipped a mickey in your beer or overpowered you in a grimy alley were called “crimps” or “spirits.” The spirit, perhaps accompanied by several other burly ghosts, would snatch his prey quietly and suddenly. If a person disappeared suspiciously, they were thought to have been “spirited away.” According to historian Richard Hofstadter, the spirit was someone who “waylaid, kidnapped, or induced adults to get aboard ships for America.…Often their victims were taken roughly in hand.”13 Gary B. Nash writes that “Kidnapping and shanghaiing of drifters and drunks was endemic. Many unfortunate seaport dwellers awakened one morning with a head-splitting hangover to find themselves in the hold of a ship headed westward across the Atlantic.”14

A British folk song from the era conjures the chilling subconscious havoc wrought by the spirit gangs:

The night I was a-married,/

And on my marriage bed,/

There come a fierce sea captain/

And stood by my bed stead.

His men, they bound me tightly/

With a rope so cruel and strong,/

And carried me over the waters/

To labor for seven years long.15
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Adults weren’t the only whites being kidnapped and sold into colonial slavery. Forcible seizure of homeless and orphaned children was widespread. It was commonly known as “kid-nabbing,” later mangled by the Cockneys into “kidnapping.” Hundred of thousands of British kids were nabbed into slave work not only for colonial plantations, but also into forced domestic child labor for Britain’s smoke-snorting industrial machine.16

Because kidnapped men, women, and children were assigned forged contracts of indenture—or, in several cases, no indentures at all until they arrived in the New World—it’s difficult to gauge what percentage of white indentured servants came here against their will. In The Mind of the South, W.J. Cash guesses that “the greater number” of indentured servants “seem to have been mere children or adolescents, lured from home by professional crimps or outright kidnapped.”17

As with black slaves from Africa, white slaves from Europe were being kidnapped and shipped overseas not for reasons of unvarnished human hatred, but because it was profitable. When all the horrors are peeled away, the spirit business was precisely that—a business. Without a strong profit motive, the wholesale seizure of white flesh wouldn’t have occurred. “One could kidnap a man at random in the alleys of London and be sure of a ready sale for him in the South,” writes Thomas J. Wertenbaker in The First Americans.18 An ad in a 1784 New York newspaper refers to a still-vibrant “traffick of white people,”19 and an 1829 judicial decision notes that “It was formerly a considerable business to import Irish and German servants.”20

Although the spirit was himself frequently drawn from London’s lower classes, he was merely the hired gun of higher-ups so insulated by their wealth—merchants, judges, shipowners, and New World planters—that they could afford paying others to do their dirty work. Amazingly, kidnapping was in many cases a legally sanctioned practice. A 1618 Parliamentary bill allowed for constables to forcefully nab all orphaned children over eight years old and to detain them in prisons awaiting shipment to colonial plantations.21 Other laws allowed for the bodily capture of debtors and criminals. A 1652 Commonwealth law permitted officials to identify “begging or vagrant” subjects and cause them to be “seized on and detained” in order to be schlepped in shackles to the colonies.22 Similar initiatives arose throughout the British Isles as local officials realized it was cheaper to sail their lumpen proles westward than to continue doling out poor relief. Hoping to send their underclass en masse to New York, the Scottish Privy Council in 1669 issued orders for local officials to round up “strong and idle beggars, vagabonds, egyptians, common and notorious whoores, theeves, and other dissolute and lousy persons.”23 It was a new, and sparklingly effective, method of taking out the trash.

An estimate published in 1670 alleged that 10,000 British subjects had been kidnapped that year.24 A pamphlet issued ten years later reckoned that ten thousand Brits were still being captured per year, every year.25 If those stats are reliable, this would total 100,000 British kidnapping victims in the 1670s alone. In the history of slavery in America, fewer than 400,000 black slaves were imported.26 For all the bad rep Amerikkka gets about black slavery, it probably received no more than six percent of all African slaves shipped to the Western Hemisphere.27 (Psst—blame Brazil.) Making only mild extrapolations from these British kidnapping estimates, and surmising that roughly ten thousand whites were also abducted yearly for a forty-year run all told, the total of unwilling white immigrants brought to America would equal or surpass the number of Africans forced here against their will. And this estimate is probably low, as indentured servitude flourished for over two hundred years, not forty. And I’m not counting the fifty or sixty thousand convicts dragged over here in the 1700s.

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