Slavery and the British Empire: From Africa to America

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Oxford University Press, 2007 - History - 221 pages
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This is an introduction to the entire history of British involvement with slavery and the slave trade, which especially focuses on the two centuries from 1650, and covers the Atlantic world, especially North America and the West Indies, as well as the Cape Colony, Mauritius, and India. -;Slavery and the British Empire provides a clear overview of the entire history of British involvement with slavery and the slave trade, from the Cape Colony to the Caribbean. The book combines economic, social, political, cultural, and demographic history, with a particular focus on the Atlantic world and the plantations of North America and the West Indies from the mid-seventeenth century onwards. Kenneth Morgan analyses the distribution of slaves within the empire and how this changed over time; the world of merchants and planters; the organization and impact of the triangular slave trade; the work and culture of the enslaved; slave demography; health and family life; resistance and rebellions; the impact of the anti-slavery movement; and the abolition of the British slave trade in 1807 and of slavery itself in most of the British empire in 1834. As well as providing the ideal introduction to the history of British involvement in the slave trade, this book also shows just how deeply embedded slavery was in British domestic and imperial history - and just how long it took for British involvement in slavery to die, even after emancipation. -;...a clear overview of the entire history of British involvement with slavery and the slave trade - Spartacus Review
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Slavery and the Slave Trade
7
2 Merchants and Planters
34
3 The Triangular Trade
54
4 Slave Demography and Family Life
84
5 Work Law and Culture
101
6 Slave Resistance and Rebellion
127
7 The Abolition of the British Slave Trade
148
8 Slave Emancipation
172
Epilogue
199
Select Bibliography
205
Index
215
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