T.H. Breen, 18 February 1988
Show More Bound for America: The Transportation of British Convicts to the Colonies, 1718-1775 by Roger Ekirch.
Oxford, 277 pp., £25, November 1987, 0 19 820092 7Show More
“... become servants, who freely chose to come to America in the hope of improving their lives. But, as Roger Ekirch now explains in his splendid new book, a very large number of migrants did not want to leave 18th-century Britain at all. These were the convicts. Historians once thought that no more than thirty thousand felons were transported to the New ...”