Past guest Harry Hubbard explained how when researching for the real Thanksgiving he found it had taken centuries to actually publish manuscripts describing events at the Plymouth colony and Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1600s. For example, on the retreat of the British Army in 1775, manuscripts written in 1602 were taken from the Ol South Church in Boston and later recovered and printed by the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1856, 200 years later. This gives you an idea of the potential to distort accurate historic documentation or how important information was conveniently omitted. Information such as the enslavement of poor White people. However, if you research with a focus on White slavery you’ll find documentation scattered among the manuscripts and private libraries. Our guest Michael Hoffman II, wrote the book They Were White and They Were Slaves: The Untold Story of Enslavement of Whites in Early America, which brings together the many historic references chronicling nearly 4000 years of white enslavement. From Greek and Roman slavery, to the Visigoths and Russian Muscovites, to the Vikings selling the Irish to the Muslims in Spain, to the factory horrors of industrialized Great Britain in the 1600s. Hoffman’s research continues through to Caucasian Americans arriving at the New World and the West Indies in bondage, enslaved into agrarian labor. We talk about the timeline of white enslavement, why this historic documentation continues to be undermined and suppressed to this day, and how some consider this book to be an indictment to historians and academics who refuse to acknowledge the historic documentation of white enslavement.
Guest – Author Michael Hoffman is a revisionist historian, he joins us to talk more about the book and his research. He’s the author of many many books (as you’ll see when you visit his site, link above) but we focus on They Were White and They Were Slaves: The Untold Story of Enslavement of Whites in Early America.