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Bound with an Iron Chain: The Untold Story of How the British Transported 50,000 Convicts to Colonial America #2020

Bound with an Iron Chain The Untold Story of How the British Transported Convicts to Colonial America In James Bell grabbed a book from a London bookstall and started to run but he was chased by several witnesses and was discovered hiding in a dog kennel As punishment for his crime Bell was lo

  • Title: Bound with an Iron Chain: The Untold Story of How the British Transported 50,000 Convicts to Colonial America
  • Author: Anthony Vaver
  • ISBN: 9780983674405
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bound with an Iron Chain: The Untold Story of How the British Transported 50,000 Convicts to Colonial America By Anthony Vaver, In 1723, James Bell grabbed a book from a London bookstall and started to run, but he was chased by several witnesses and was discovered hiding in a dog kennel As punishment for his crime, Bell was loaded on a ship and sent to colonial America, where he was sold at auction as an indentured servant for a seven year term Most people know that England shipped thousands of cIn 1723, James Bell grabbed a book from a London bookstall and started to run, but he was chased by several witnesses and was discovered hiding in a dog kennel As punishment for his crime, Bell was loaded on a ship and sent to colonial America, where he was sold at auction as an indentured servant for a seven year term Most people know that England shipped thousands of convicts to Australia, but few are aware that colonial America was the original destination for Britain s unwanted criminals In the 18th century, thousands of British convicts like Bell were separated from their families, chained together in the hold of a ship, and carried off to America What happened to these convicts once they arrived Did they eventually prosper in an environment of unlimited opportunity, or were they ostracized by other colonists and doomed to live in poverty Anthony Vaver tells the stories of the petty thieves and professional criminals who were subjected to this unique punishment, and in bringing to life this forgotten chapter in American history, he challenges the way we think about immigration to early America The book also includes an appendix with tips on researching individual convicts who were transported to America.

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    1. Vaver does an excellent job drawing the criminal justice system as it existed in England before transportation was instituted It provides the context for the main subject The penalties generally were corporal punishment, branding or death even for small crimes The criminal justice system was becoming overwhelmed There was no system of long term imprisonment The beginning of the transportation system was a relief to England It was not a penal colony system as was later set up in Australia In this [...]

    2. Surprisingly a quick read 264 pages focuses primarally on indentured servants sent to America under the Transport Act of 1718 Explains the how the Act came into being, its execution, as well as the fallout from the results of shipping off felons from England to the new colonies Told through a combination of first hand accounts by bound servants as well as their owners would of appreciated time spent on their contribution to the American Revolution as the author hints heavily that the conflict m [...]

    3. This book covers a part of American history that has been ignored in history classes I ve taken I knew about the transport of convicts to Australia, but did not realize how British convicts had been sent to the American colonies before the revolution Having lived in Maryland for many years, I was surprised that many of the convicts ended up there to work, as almost slave labor, on the tobacco plantations, making many of the early settlers very rich.

    4. I was kind of nervous when first starting this book cause I thought it would be accounts of convicts who were brought to Colonial America I ve discovered that alot of authors of use the same accounts for their book for convicts being used as indentured servants I was delighted to find that that was not the case, but Vaver actually discussed alot about the subject Some of it was repeat, but he also went quite in depth in other parts His work really complimented all that I have read insofar.

    5. Very good depiction of the process of transportation Well written, with accounts of actual transportees I found it to be a great historical insight into this truly early American phenomenon We often only think of black slaves, but this brings up the issue of Anglo slaves I do wish there was accounts available of what happened to these victims once they arrived in the colonies.

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