Anthony Vaver


I am the author and publisher of Early American Crime (, and I have broad expertise in the social and cultural history of crime and punishment. My current scholarly interests are the transportation of British convicts to colonial America and early American prisons. I am the former Special Collections Librarian and Humanities Librarian at Brandeis University.

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Bound with an Iron Chain: The Untold Story of How the British Transported 50,000 Convicts to Colonial America
By Anthony Vaver
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 16,230. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
In 1723, James Bell stole a book from a London bookstall. As punishment, he was loaded on a ship and sent to colonial America, where he was sold as an indentured servant. In telling the epic story of how thousands of British convicts like Bell were separated from families and transported to America in the 18th century, Anthony Vaver challenges the way we think about immigration to early America.

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