The “Forced Breeding” myth in the “Irish slaves” meme

from The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Myth: In 17th century Barbados (and elsewhere) Planters forcibly bred female Irish servants with male African slaves. This practice was so widespread that it had to be banned as it was impacting on the profits made by slave trading companies.

Some Examples

from Charles Carroll’s notoriously racist book “The Negro a Beast” (1900)

An act concerning Negroes and other slaves* (1664)

The Marriage

“…if she would marry a white man her children might be a Credit in the world, otherwise they wou’d be in slavery, upon which she fell a crying, and said it was to her Choice, she wou’d rather have Charles than have your Lordship, upon which he said marry him if you will and so were married…”

An Act Concerning Servants and Slaves (1681)

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Librarian & Historian. Researching and writing about slavery, memory and power. Ko-Fi https://ko-fi.com/liamhogan

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