I sort of fell into a rabbit-hole of things related to the history of slavery in general, white slavery in history, and non-black slavery here in the US (because that’s so hyped so often and so everywhere I’m sick of hearing about it already). Here is a short list of “resources”, and I’ll do an update with basic commentary later.
This video does a pretty good job of summarizing things, and includes pictures of sources, quotes, etc. She get’s a little off-topic near the end, but 90% of it is pretty solid.
International Agreement for the Suppression of the White Slave Traffic, signed at Paris on 18 May 1904– just the fact they needed such a thing means it was a problem.
Hell or Barbados: The ethnic cleansing of Ireland by Sean O’Callaghan
White Slavery in the Barbary States by Charles Sumner
White Cargo by Don Jordan and Michael Walsh
Proclamation 1625: America’s Enslavement of the Irish by Herbert L Byrd Jr.
They were white and they were slaves by Michael A Hoffman II
Without Indentures : Index to White Slave Children in Colonial Court Records
by Richard Hayes Phillips PhD
Stillbirth of a Nation: Caucasian Slavery in Plantation America: Part One
The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa: A Quest for Inter-religious Dialogue
John Alembillah Azumah
Cracker-Boy: A History of Plantation America: 1607-1865
The Greatest Lie Ever Sold: The Foundation of Our Misbegotten Nation
America in Chains: A History of Enslavement in North America: 1524-1868, Companion Volume to Stillbirth of A Nation
Black Slaveowners: Free Black Slave Masters in South Carolina, 1790-1860
White Gold: The Extraordinary Story of Thomas Pellow and North Africa’s One Million European Slaves by Milton, Giles, and Philipps, Roland
Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, The Barbary Coast, and Italy, 1500-1800
by Davis, R., Davis, Robert C.
White Slavery in the Barbary States
Sumner, Charles, Billings, E. R.
America in Chains
by James LaFond
The Forgotten Slave Trade: The White European Slaves of Islam
by Simon Webb
The Irish Slaves: Slavery, indenture and Contract labor Among Irish Immigrants
by Rhetta Akamatsu
Barbarian Cruelty: An Eye-Witness Account of White Slavery under the Moors
by Francis Brooks
Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World
by David Brion Davis
Labor in America: A history
by Foster Rhea Dulles
Bound over: Indentured servitude and American conscience
by John Van der Zee
The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, vol. 1, 2, 3
by The Nation of Islam
Book 1 as PDF
(Controversial but well sourced book)
Bound for America: The Transportation of British Convicts to the Colonies, 1718-1775
by A. Roger Ekirch
I will add more as I find them.
VERY SHORT SUMMARY
Humans treat each other like total shit when there is money to be made and work to be done. Every race, faith, or age will jump at the chance to exploit anyone more desperate than they are. There were a LOT of slaves going west to the new world, and many of them were white; they might have been called “indenture servants” but it’s a distinction without a difference. They were often treated as bad or worse than the blacks were while being shipped over, and once here, because the purchase price (i.e., the “initial invetment”) was smaller. No need to send a $1000 slave into the fever swamps when you can send a $0.35 cent a day Irishman or boy you picked up for a $10 contract that only costs you as much as it takes to feed him. It’s a horror story worthy of Dante. Anyone tries to play the “victim” or “reparations” card on me can just shut the hell up with now, or take a sailboat back to their ancestors continent of origin.