Black Ivory: Slavery in the British Empire / Edition 2

Black Ivory: Slavery in the British Empire / Edition 2

by James Walvin
     
 

The brutal story of African slavery in the British colonies of the West Indies and North America is told with clarity and compassion in this classic history. James Walvin explores the experiences which bound together slaves from diverse African backgrounds and explains how slavery transformed the tastes and economy of the Western world.

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The brutal story of African slavery in the British colonies of the West Indies and North America is told with clarity and compassion in this classic history. James Walvin explores the experiences which bound together slaves from diverse African backgrounds and explains how slavery transformed the tastes and economy of the Western world.

Although written for readers with no prior knowledge of the subject, Walvins's account is based on detailed scholarship, drawing on a body of work from the USA, the West Indies and Britain. All aspects of African slavery up to 1776 are covered; the situation of women, flight and rebellion, disease and death, the conditions on the slave ships, the abolition campaign and much more. The narrative is enlivened and personalised by frequent reference to individual lives.

For this revised edition, the author has incorporated recent scholarly findings and updated the notes and bibliography in order to keep the book current.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631229599
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/04/2001
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.12(d)

Meet the Author

James Walvin is Professor of History at the University of York. He has written widely on slave history and British social history and his recent publications include Questioning Slavery (1996), Making the Black Atlantic (2000), The Slave Trade (1999) and Britains's Slave Empire (2000).

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chronology of Main Events
Maps
Pt. IA View from London
1Consuming Passions3
2Murdering Men10
Pt. IITraumas
3Slaves, Traders and Africa23
4Crossing the Atlantic34
5Landfall52
Pt. IIIWorking Lives
6Plantations, Slaves and Planters61
7In the Fields79
8Skills91
9Women104
10Disease and Death118
Pt. IVResting
11Slaves at Ease137
12Religion153
13Families and Communities171
14Sex in the Slave Quarters185
Pt. VFighting Back
15Violence201
16Rebellions218
17A Leap in the Dark: Runaways240
Pt. VIConsequences
18Ending it all: The Crusade Against Slavery259
19The Plight of Africa272
20The Problems of Freedom279
Suggestions for Further Reading289
Notes292
Index314

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