Did you know as a young man Benjamin Franklin was once almost arrested under suspicion for being a fugitive WHITE SLAVE. A vote to end white slavery of both convicted and kidnapped whites failed in the Virginia House of Burgess in 1748 over phraseology. I bet your teacher never taught you that.
The British colonial government was not adverse to calling on unlikely policeman to suppress White slave revolts: Blacks.
Blacks were admitted to the colonial militia responsible for policing White slaves. The aristocratic planters had felt the necessity to “arm the blackmen” to assist in suppressing White slave revolts. (Beckles,’Rebels and Reactionaries,’ p.17).
Armed Black Militias patrolled the Carolina’s from the end of the 17th century to at least 1710 when Thomas Nairne reported that Blacks continued to be members of British colonial militias organized by local governments.
In Maryland in 1715, a reward was offered to American Indians who where recruited as bounty hunters to capture runaway Whites and return them to their masters, “for the better discovery of and encouragement of our neighbor Indians to seize, apprehend or take up any runaway servants.” It was decreed that for every fugitive White laborer the Indians caught and brought “before the magistrate, they shall, for a reward have a match-coat paid him or them, or the value thereof…” (Maxcy’s laws of Maryland, vol one, p.111) Page 104