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unc70 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-27-10 02:34 PM
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33. Attitude on labor set my New England elites, not indentured or other workers
There were slaves of all types all over the Europe, Africa, and the New World long before Gilbert even tried to sail to North America. Slaves for life, plus nearly every type of bondage anyone could imagine, were initially not based specifically on race. Many of the ships sailing along the North American coast prior to Gilbert would have seamen in some state of bondage.

That is a relatively minor point and one I hope is not central to "White Cargo".

I strongly disagree about it being those who came as indentured being the ones who shaped the unfortunate US CW on labor and the poor. It was shaped almost entirely by early New England elites with Cotton Mather as the most onerous. The link above concerning slavery and racism in the North includes a discussion of the use of language and revisionism to obscure the past and to hide the unsavory aspects of the NE powerful and wealthy families, particularly their domination and control of the slave trade (not just to the US South, but also Latin America).

The site gives some interesting background plus a state-by-state discussion of slavery and race in the North and West. Also, look at the DeWolf family in "Inheriting the Trade" and "Traces of the Trade" to learn about RI being the center of the slave trade!

I agree with most of the items in this thread, just think the central reason for the divisive nature of American discourse, politics, and oppression is based firmly in Puritan New England and people like Cotton Mather.
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