Monday, February 7, 2011

Book Spotlight: The Irish Slaves

The Spotlight is On:

The Irish Slaves: Slavery, indenture and Contract labor Among Irish Immigrants by Rhetta Akamatsu:

They came in the holds of overcrowded ships, packed in among cargo and animals. They were sold to others to work as hard and under as dismal conditions as their owners chose. They were taken to the West Indies, to Barbados, to the American colonies, and beyond.
A familiar story, is it not? But these immigrants, deprived of all personal freedom, were Irish, and their servitude started long before black slavery was common.
Even among those not enslaved, many were treated nearly the same as indentured servants, or later as contract labor on the railroads, mines, and other dangerous tasks.
Your eyes will be opened by this book if you dare to allow them to be, as you learn more of this nearly forgotten part of world history.

Author Bio:

Rhetta Akamatsu lives in Marietta, Ga with her husband. She has previously written about ghosts in books such as Haunted Marietta and Ghost to Coast, blues music in T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do and assorted other subjects. Her heritage is Irish, and it is possible that at least one ancestor was an indentured servant in the 1600's, according to geneology records.

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