© Matthew Crampton 2016

Reviews


Songlines Magazine

‘A timely history of the tide of human cargo … if you get a chance to see the story-and-song show Human Cargo, don’t miss it.’


Living Tradition Magazine

‘Well-researched … fascinating … a great read.’


Morning Star

‘A dark and harrowing read. But … a vital one to help understand the timeless reasons people have been driven from their homes.’


Folking.com

‘I have never linked today’s news to the slave trade, the press gangs and forced emigration of the past. Matthew Crampton’s book makes that link.’


FATEA

‘This little gem of a book … thoroughly recommended.’


All About Jazz

‘A very fine book…’


Camden New Journal

‘A vivid picture of centuries of extreme cruelty and extraordinary crime.’






Read extracts from the book


SPIRITED AWAY

An eight year old boy is kidnapped on the quayside in 18th century Aberdeen - and sold into servitude in the Carolinas in Colonial America.


BLACKBIRDING

After the African slave trade was abolished, many slavers simply transferred their business model to the south western Pacific.


TRAFFICKED

In 1904 a young Japanese woman called Minami Haru was trafficked to Singapore as a sex slave. In 1998 a young Albanian woman, Maria, was similarly trafficked into Italy. Their stories are similar.


THE UNION ARMY RECRUITS IN IRELAND

During the American Civil War, the northern states sent recruiting agents to Ireland, offering free passage to a new life in the US - in return for a little fighting. The story’s told in the song By the Hush / Paddy’s Lamentation.