St Helena and the abolition of the slave trade, 1840-1872
This book provides an account and evaluation of this episode. It begins by charting the political contexts which drew St Helena into the fray of abolition, and considers how its involvement, at times, came to occupy those at the highest levels of British politics. In the main, however, it focuses on St Helena itself, and examines how matters played out on the ground. The study utilises documentary sources (many previously untouched) which tell the stories of those whose lives became bound up in the compass of anti-slavery, far from London and long after the Abolition Act of 1807. It puts the Black experience at the foreground, aiming to bring a voice to a forgotten people, many of whom died in limbo, in a place that was physically and conceptually between freedom and slavery.
Andrew Pearson is Research Associate at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol and Director of Pearson Archaeology Ltd.
1. A Place of Immense Advantage
2. London and Jamestown
4. Life and death in the depots
5. ‘All, all, without avail’. Medicine and the liberated Africans
6. After ‘liberation’
7. Island Lives
Appendix 1. Slave prize cases tried at Freetown, Luanda, Cape Town and St Helena, 1836–68
Appendix 2. Prizes adjudicated by the Vice-Admiralty court of St Helena
Appendix 3. Liberated African emigration from St Helena
Appendix 4. Emigrant voyages from St Helena
3 B&W tables and 30 B&W illustrations
Publication: March 31, 2016
Series: Liverpool Studies in International Slavery