White Boys

White Boys

 

the name of secret peasant organizations in Ireland which were engaged in a struggle against national and social oppression from the beginning of the 1760’s to the end of the 19th century. The White Boys usually operated at night, and they wore white shirts over their clothing. In response to the seizure of communal lands by English landlords, the eviction of tenant farmers from their land, and increases in the amount of rent, the White Boys carried out raids on estates and meted out justice to landlords, managers, and tax collectors.

REFERENCE

Engels, F. “Vypiski po istorii Irlandii XVII i XVIII vv.” In ArkhivMarksa i Engel’sa, vol. 10. Moscow, 1948.
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Chambers was strong beyond his years, and a good fighter; strong because he was coarsely fed and hard worked about the house, and a good fighter because Tom furnished him plenty of practice-- on white boys whom he hated and was afraid of.
He excited so much admiration, one day, among a crowd of white boys, by throwing back somersaults from the stern of a canoe, that it wearies Tom's spirit, and at last he shoved the canoe underneath Chambers while he was in the air--so he came down on his head in the canoe bottom; and while he lay unconscious, several of Tom's ancient adversaries saw that their long-desired opportunity was come, and they gave the false heir such a drubbing that with Chamber's best help he was hardly able to drag himself home afterward.
Once, the two white boys, standing apart as if recovering breath, were mowed down by Sam's flying body.
While the white boys threatened to mount Barney from either side and kept his attention engaged, Sam, from outside, in a sudden fit of rage and desperation, made a flying dive across the ropes and from in front locked arms and legs about Barney's neck, tucking his own head close against Barney's head.
It was a common saying, even among little white boys, that it was worth a half- cent to kill a "nigger," and a half-cent to bury one.
When a white boy undertakes a task, it is taken for granted that he will succeed.
The very fact that the white boy is conscious that, if he fails in life, he will disgrace the whole family record, extending back through many generations, is of tremendous value in helping him to resist temptations.
In those days, and later as a young man, I used to try to picture in my imagination the feelings and ambitions of a white boy with absolutely no limit placed upon his aspirations and activities.
In later years, I confess that I do not envy the white boy as I once did.
There is a white boy by the barracks waiting under a tree who is not a white boy,' he stammered to the first bazar letter-writer he came across.
Then he would enjoy their consternation at sight of a naked white boy trapped in the war togs of a black warrior and roaming the jungle with only a great ape as his companion.
When Tarzan first put it into the written language of his own people he had not yet chanced upon either WHITE or SKIN in the dictionary; but in a primer he had seen the picture of a little white boy and so he wrote his name BUMUDE-MUTOMURO, or he-boy.