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'White Slaves' Myth and the Contested Narrative of American Slavery

Jennie Jeppesen

Abstract


This blurring of the lines between truth, facts, and a good story creates
a storm in which those with less knowledge of the subject can twist the
narrative to suit their ends – as is evident in the ‘white slaves’ memes. The problem with a narrative like the ‘white slave’ one, is that it has enough nuggets of truth to be believable. Whites – including some Irish – were kidnapped and sold (called spiriting) against their will, the existence of the Bristol Indentured lists was one outcome of this practice. But this did not make them slaves. They were abused and mistreated. But this did not make them slaves. Some had their children sold into bondage (for the crime of illegitimacy). But this did not make them slaves.

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