London, Metropolis of the Slave Trade

London, Metropolis of the Slave Trade

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by James A. Rawley
     
 

"The recognition that ordinary people could and did trade in slaves, as well as the fact that ordinary people became slaves, is, indeed, the beginning of comprehending the enormity of the forced migration of eleven million people and the attendant deaths of many more."

In London, Metropolis of the Slave Trade, James A. Rawley

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"The recognition that ordinary people could and did trade in slaves, as well as the fact that ordinary people became slaves, is, indeed, the beginning of comprehending the enormity of the forced migration of eleven million people and the attendant deaths of many more."

In London, Metropolis of the Slave Trade, James A. Rawley collects some of his best works from the past three decades. Also included in this volume are three new pieces: an essay on a South Carolina slave trader, Henry Laurens; an analysis of the slave trade at the beginning of the eighteenth century; and a portrait of John Newton, a slave trader who became a priest in the Church of England and composer of the hymn “Amazing Grace,” as well as an outspoken opponent of the trade.

In these essays Rawley brings together new information on individuals involved in and opposed to the slave trade and shows how scholars have long underestimated the extent of London’s participation in the trade.

Rawley draws on material from the year 1700 to the American Civil War as he explores the role of London in the trade. He covers its activity as a port of departure for ships bound for Africa; its continuing large volume after the trade extended to Bristol and Liverpool; and the controversy between London’s parliamentary representatives, who defended the trade, and the abolitionist movement that was quartered there.

Sweeping in scope and thorough in its analysis, this collection of essays from a seasoned scholar will be welcomed by historians concerned with slavery and the slave trade, as well as by students just beginning their exploration of this subject.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826214836
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Series:
Shades of Blue and Gray Series, #1
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1The Transatlantic Slave Trade: A Survey1
2The Port of London and the Eighteenth-Century Slave Trade: Historians, Sources, and a Reappraisal18
3Humphry Morice: Foremost London Slave Merchant of his Time40
4Richard Harris, Slave Trader Spokesman57
5Henry Laurens and the Atlantic Slave Trade82
6Further Light on Archibald Dalzel98
7John Newton: Amazing Grace108
8London's Defense of the Slave Trade, 1787-1807123
9Captain Nathaniel Gordon, the Only American Executed for Violating the Slave Trade Laws149
10A Summing Up161
Suggested Reading181
Index183

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