Slavery And British Society 1776-1846 by James Walvin

Slavery And British Society 1776-1846 by James Walvin
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Overview: The direct British involvement with black chattel slavery, the institution which had proved instrumental in the development of the Caribbean islands and other parts of the Americas, was brought to a relatively swift end in the years 1776-1838.
The main produce of the region – sugar – lost its former primacy when the system of economic protection was terminated in the years 1846-52 under pressure from a changing economic philosophy. Thus ended not only the labour system which had come to characterise plantation life in the Caribbean but also the economic rationale for the plantation system itself. The essays which follow address themselves to some of the major themes in the history of the tortuous and sometimes tortured relations between the British imperial metropolis and the Caribbean slave islands in these years of major change.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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England, Slaves and Freedom, 1776-1838 by James Walvin

England, Slaves and Freedom, 1776-1838 by James Walvin
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Overview: By the mid years of the seventeenth century the English prided themselves on their newly secured social and political freedoms. At much the same time, however, they had begun to develop their own slave colonies in the New World. By the mid-eighteenth century, the English has become the world’s pre-eminent slaving nation, shipping millions of Africans from their homelands into the Americas, for the material well-being of European nations. Yet slavery, which brought so much diverse prosperity to Britain was ended, in British possessions, in a relatively brief period. In the space of fifty years first the slave trade and then slavery itself was abolished by Parliament. This book seeks to explore that process by studying abolition and emancipation as a species of popular politics. Moreover one crucial element in the complex political formula which created black freedom was black socity itself – in Britain and the West Indies. But the wider transformation, from slavery to black freedom, took place in the determining context of a changing British economy; of the emergence of the British industrial revolution. Thus this book seeks to tell the story of how a society which was, at once, proud of its internal liberties and yet a slaving nation, came to bestow similar freedoms on its slaves.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Beyond 1776 by Maria O’Malley

Beyond 1776: Globalizing the Cultures of the American Revolution by Maria O’Malley , Denys van Van Renen
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Overview: In Beyond 1776, ten humanities scholars consider the American Revolution within a global framework. The foundation of the United States was deeply enmeshed with shifting alliances and multiple actors, with politics saturated by imaginative literature, and with ostensible bilateral negotiations that were, in fact, shaped by speculation about realignments in geopolitical power. To reanimate these intricate and often indirect connections, this volume uncovers the influences of people across disparate sites both during and after independence.

The book centers first on the migration of ideas across the Atlantic, particularly among intellectuals and through print. In this section, scholars focus on how various European countries or cliques appropriate the Revolution to reanimate an array of national, local, or cosmopolitan affiliations. The essays in the second section articulate how revolutions fostered surprising exchanges in, for example the West Indies and in the first penal colonies of Australia, along the Celtic fringe and Pacific Rim, and in the vast territories through which goods circulated. Taken as a whole, this collection answers the persistent calls from scholars to move beyond the boundaries defined by the nation-state or periodization to rethink narratives of U.S. foundations. The contributors examine a range of texts, from novels and drama to diplomatic correspondence, letters of common sailors, political treatises, newspapers, accounting ledgers, naval records, and burial rituals (many from non-Anglophone sources).
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 [Audiobook]

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