Sunday, 31 May 2009

Whites were also slaves as well as Blacks.

Found at

An article on the subject of White slavery by Kenneth Foderingham.

It is often said that our white ancestors exploited the populations of Africa and Asia - and that as a result we owe their descendants a living. But 90% of our white ancestors were victims of desperate poverty, and quite incapable of exploiting a race of people living thousands of miles away. "The starving agricultural labourers of Southern England are worse off than the American negroes." So wrote William Cobbett in 1836 and he was one of the few in a position to make a comparison.

Countless thousands of English farm workers were tricked and robbed of their agricultural holdings by the 19th Century Land Enclosures statute. They became landless labourers working for wealthy landowners, working from sunrise to sunset at starvation wages.

In 1834, six Dorset farm labourers formed a trade union of agricultural workers. They were arrested and put on trial. Leader George Loveless stated in their defence "My Lord ... we were uniting together to preserve ourselves, our wives and our children from starvation...." The six men were sentenced to seven years transportation to the penal colonies in New South Wales. In those days the passage endured by white convicts en route from England to Australia, was no better than that suffered by negro slaves en route from Africa to America.

The Industrial Revolution concentrated millions of workers in the new factory towns. In the North, the Midlands and South Wales there sprang up landscapes of roaring furnaces, smouldering slag heaps, vast dock basins and a huge and growing slum population. Wealthy manufacturers and industrialists demanded and obtained a policy of government non-interference in the running of factories, mills and coal mines. It resulted in a ghastly exploitation of the working classes.

Frequent collapses in coal mines led to an appalling loss of life. Boys and girls crawled on all fours pushing tubs of coal, often in choking dust-filled conditions. Women strained to carry coal up to the surface by means of ladders fixed to the sides of the mine shafts; they carried up around two tons a day and for that they received a shilling a day.

In the Lancashire textile mills, six-year-old children lived on the premises, entirely under the control of the owners. In these infernos of fluff and filth a child's working day was from 5 am to 9pm. Meals of bread-and-scrape were eaten in the dust-laden atmosphere of the workroom. Epidemics resulted in many deaths, while unguarded machinery regularly removed fingers and hands.

Day and night shifts meant beds were seldom empty - one batch of children coming off work taking the place of another going to work. They would suffer the green slime from colds mixing in their mouths with the filth and fluff from the factory floor.

Child chimney sweeps suffered with respiratory diseases and cancer of the groin. These scrambling urchins slept on soot sacks in damp cellars. Their lives were considered close to worthless as they could easily be replaced.

Starving fourteen-year-old boys were hanged for stealing sheep. Ten-year-old children were committed to prison on the charge of having caused a public nuisance by spinning a top.

Serious hunger riots occurred throughout the Victorian era, especially after 1845 when the Irish potato harvest failed. A great famine resulted in a huge flight of refugees escaping to England from a nightmare homeland, where disease took a frightful toll. In Liverpool the nearest point of entry, they perished by the hundred thousand.

"The working classes of Great Britain are in a worse condition than any slaves in any country, in any period of the world's history." wrote Robert Owen 1840.

The Poor Law - Designed to inspire fear.

The 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act cast a black shadow over many lives. It was a harsh measure designed to inspire fear, and was carried out with savage brutality. Parishes were grouped into Unions and were required to provide workhouses for the sick, the elderly and the destitute.

By 1840 six out of seven of our ancestors in England and Wales lived in areas where the Poor Law was in force. It was a stark terrible fact that the majority of people were at some time or another likely to find themselves destitute. Yet there was a suicidal horror of the dreaded workhouse; people endured desperate cold and hunger before applying for entry.

Conditions in work houses, pushed people to the limit of endurance.

In the workhouse strict discipline was enforced. Husbands and wives were separated from each other and from their children. Meals of bread and gruel were eaten in silence in the freezing wards. At a workhouse in Stockport, a man of seventy-two refused to break stones. He was made to work the treadmill for fourteen days. As a punishment a four-year-old child In Deptford was locked three nights in the workhouse mortuary, sleeping on coffin lids. A workhouse in Tooting housed 1,400 children, between the ages of 2 and 15. Thrashings and disease were reported as commonplace in this frightful place.

There were many more slums at the end of the 19th century than at the beginning. Many of these properties were owned by Jews, who by means of their accumulated wealth, prospered on average better than the English. The City of Bath concealed behind its graceful terraces some of the most revolting slums in Europe. Southampton contained a hideous rat-infested slum known as "The Ditches." Glasgow's were the worst in Europe.

The great slum complex of St Giles in London was a twelve acre rookery of squalid courts, passageways and hovels, filled with white humanity in their thousands. So poor and destitute were they that death was a common visitor. The dead remained where they expired, and were passed by people accustomed to such scenes. Men, women and children here slept on rags as rats would scurry by.

Cholera Epidemics, in London.

Toilet facilities consisted of ditches of putrefying filth. Refuse collection was unheard of; water supplies were impure and inadequate; recurrent cholera epidemics ensured a high mortality rate especially among children.

The cutting of the great road junction at London's Aldgate East uprooted hundreds of families. They crammed themselves into disease-ridden lairs and warrens of the surrounding slums east of Petticoat Lane, where they were quickly reinforced by famine-driven Irish refugees. In the Mile End Road there were cellar homes damp with sewage, where women kept watch for rats that would gnaw their babies' fingers.

Bethnal Green families, women and skinny children of five and six, carried out miserable domestic crafts such as flypaper and matchbox making. They worked seventeen hours a day for eight pence a day. Some stitched gunny sacks day and night, bloody-fingered children stitched too. But these white ancestors of ours were never tamed. Helpless and exploited as they were, they never gave in, for they possessed the British white people's determination to endure and survive.


You wont hear this taught our children and how ironic is it that we still put up monuments and commemorative plaques celebrating the swines responsible for this diabolical outrage proclaiming them as 'hero's of the industrial revolution'.

No, you wont hear this taught our children, but you will hear about black slaves of which there were none in mainland Britain.

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1 comment:

Fidothedog said...

Might be worth reminding our moslem brothers that they ensalved folk from this land.

Do a quick Google of "Barbary slavers" and the facts are all there.

True the UK was a slaving nation, although we did buy them from Arab slavers already working in East/North Arfica.

Also more slaves were taken east from Africa to moslem lands in the Ottoman Empire and beyond, than were transported to the America's.