White slavery can be traced back to 3500 BC. The original Hebrew version of Genesis, chapters 6-11, describes Noah’s relationship with God.

Japheth, a white son of Noah, became the predecessor to the Gentile (white) nation of Israel. This nation left Egypt and migrated to Greece. They would eventually inhabit all of Europe.

Japheth would dwell in the house of Shem, who was black, and a brother, honoring God. Ham, another brother who was black, was the predecessor of the tribe of Canaan. This tribe failed because of their sinful ways.

The Japheth tribe wandered from Greece to Germany where they were captured by Otto the Great. They were sold to Russia and Ukraine, who became slave traders to the rest of the Slavic nations. These white slaves were denied the right of an education and Bibles which is the way all nations would treat them following the old addage, “keep them uneducated, and you will keep them from uprising.”

Other slaves were captured or sold to the Scandinavian countries who considered them to be livestock and would offer them as human sacrifices to the Viking leaders. These countries would later migrate to the New World and start the Massachusetts colony. In 1641 they would be the first colony to legalize slavery.

At the end of the fall of the West Roman Empire in 476 A.D., the white nations of Europe fell into a barbaric condition which we now call the Dark Ages. It took a thousand years to recover under the nurturing of the Catholic Church until the discoveries of Columbus and the Renaissance. This recovery process was aided by the imposition of involuntary servitude (slavery) on the large mass of people.

The Medieval period in Europe was largely characterized by a stratified feudal system which the lowest and largest classes were held as property of the lords. This system was broadly implanted by William the Conqueror in about 1085 A.D. After the coronation of Edward IV in 1461, this system would gradually pass out of existence, but not before the white slave trade made its way to Jamestown in 1606.

The lower class white would sign contracts with the slave traders on the docks in England. They were told after seven years in the New World they would be entitled to 100 acres of land and a good life in America as well a free trip.

To get women to sign, they would raid the brothels, arrest them and given them a choice of hanging to death or passage to Jamestown.

The children, boys and girls, would be kidnapped on the streets of London and placed in the stalls of the slave ships. All would be called indentured servants.

As soon as the ship would reach international waters (where any crime could be committed without any legal consequences), all slaves would be robbed of their personal belongings and be placed in shackles. The women, girls and boys would be raped and molested. A large number would die during the voyage. The crew would throw the bodies overboard and shout “white trash.”

When they arrived in Jamestown, the shackled slaves were placed on the dock, and the slave traders would auction the survivors to plantation owners.

The women, boys and girls would be the most valuable (the beginning of the sex trade and human trafficking in the New World).

Any shackled slave not sold would be marched around the street all day with the slave traders cracking bull whips over their heads and calling them crackers.

At the end of the day all slaves not sold would be called rednecks because the neck shackles would bruise and irritate their necks. This auction was repeated daily until all were sold.

After the sale, the buyer would tear up the indentured slave contract and tell them they were now owned by him, and they were to follow his orders, and he would administer his punishment depending on the rule broken.

The average life span of a white slave was less than one year. They were worked to death because they were free labor. These slaves were uneducated and did not have the skills to do agricultural work.

In 1619 the first African slave trader for black indentured slaves arrived in Jamestown. They had been working in the sugar, tobacco and cotton fields of Barbados, West Indies, and other farming countries. They were well trained, could tolerate warmer climates, and the sun did not bother them as much as the fair-skinned white slaves.

The plantation owners loved them and honored their indentured contracts, and the first black slave, Anthony Johnson, became the first black landowner and slave owner in the Virginia colony.

The black slaves did not like the white slaves. Black slave owners would use the white slaves, because they were free.

White slaves would eventually be protected by Virginia law in isolated cases, but no mention is made in history until Abraham Lincoln, in his Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, said all slaves (black or white) in the 12 seceding southern states should be set free.

He did not include the other slave holding states.

In 1865 Congress passed the 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution that stated all slavery would be abolished in the seceding southern states (not the other slave holding states).

The 14th amendment granted citizenship to all citizens born or naturalized in the U.S.

The 15th amendment prevented states from denying the right to vote on account of race, color or previous conditions of servitude.

Dr. Gerald C. Burnett of South Boston researched and submitted the following article for publication.