Proclamation 1625: America's Enslavement of the Irish

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I just added this book to the list of future purchases. The author is African American interestingly:

When one thinks of slavery in America, the only thought that comes to mind is Africans picking cotton in the fields of America. What many Americans don't know is that the Irish preceded the Africans as slaves in the early British colonies of America and the West Indies. They toiled in the tobacco fields of Virginia and Maryland and the sugar cane fields of Barbados and Jamaica.
For over 179 years, the Irish were the primary source of slave labor in the British American colonies. Proclamation 1625 is the unveiling of the true and untold history of slavery in America. King James I's Proclamation ordering the Irish be placed in bondage opened the door to wholesale slavery of Irish men, women and children. This was not indentured servitude but raw, brutal mistreatment that included being beaten to death.
The Irish were forced from their land, kidnapped, fastened with heavy iron collars around their necks, chained to 50 other people and held in cargo holds aboard ships as they were transported to the American colonies.
Proclamation 1625: America’s Enslavement of the Irish Source ISBN: 1460285646
 
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I just added this book to the list of future purchases. The author is African American interestingly:


This is mad - I came across the Barbary slaves a few weeks ago (probably here with a video clip of black dude - maybe the same guy you mention) and then one of my cousins started talking about this subject in London over the weekend and now this again. I will get that book too I think.
 
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