Britain’s History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery

Local Nuances of a ‘National Sin’

Edited by Katie Donington, Ryan Hanley, and Jessica Moody

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ISBN: 9781781383551

Publication: October 27, 2016

Series: Liverpool Studies in International Slavery

Transatlantic slavery, just like the abolition movements, affected every space and community in Britain, from Cornwall to the Clyde, from dockyard alehouses to country estates. Today, its financial, architectural and societal legacies remain, scattered across the country in museums and memorials, philanthropic institutions and civic buildings, empty spaces and unmarked graves. Just as they did in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, British people continue to make sense of this ‘national sin’ by looking close to home, drawing on local histories and myths to negotiate their relationship to the distant horrors of the ‘Middle Passage’, and the Caribbean plantation. For the first time, this collection brings together localised case studies of Britain’s history and memory of its involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, and slavery. These essays, ranging in focus from eighteenth-century Liverpool to twenty-first-century rural Cambridgeshire, from racist ideologues to Methodist preachers, examine how transatlantic slavery impacted on, and continues to impact, people and places across Britain.

Jessica Moody is a Lecturer in Modern History and Heritage at Portsmouth University.

Katie Donington is a Research Fellow with the Antislavery Usable Past project, Centre for Research in Race and Rights, University of Nottingham

Ryan Hanley is Salvesen Junior Fellow in History at New College, Oxford.

List of Illustrations

Katie Donington, Ryan Hanley and Jessica Moody

Part I Little Britain’s History of Slavery
1 From Guinea to Guernsey and Cornwall to the Caribbean: Recovering the History of Slavery in the Western English Channel
   Brycchan Carey
2 ‘There to sing the song of Moses’: John Jea’s Methodism and Working-Class Attitudes to Slavery in Liverpool and Portsmouth, 1801–1817
   Ryan Hanley
3 Portrait of a Slave-Trading Family: The Staniforths of Liverpool
   Jane Longmore
4 Forgotten Women: Anna Eliza Elletson and Absentee Slave Ownership
   Hannah Young
5 East Meets West: Exploring the Connections between Britain, the Caribbean and the East India Company, c. 1757–1857
   Chris Jeppesen

Part II: Little Britain’s Memory of Slavery
6 Whose Memories? Edward Long and the Work of Re-Remembering
   Catherine Hall
7 Liverpool’s Local Tints: Drowning Memory and ‘Maritimising’ Slavery in a Seaport City
   Jessica Moody
8 Local Roots/Global Routes: Slavery, Memory and Identity in Hackney
   Katie Donington
9 Multidirectional Memory, Many-Headed Hydras and Glasgow
   Michael Morris
10 Making Museum Narratives of Slavery and Anti-Slavery in Olney
   Leanne Munroe
   John Oldfield

Selected Bibliography

Focusing on various dimensions of the history and memory of the Atlantic slave trade in different regions of Britain, this comprehensive book is an important and very welcome contribution to scholarship in the field.

Professor Ana Lucia Araujo, Howard University  

Format: Ebook

285 Pages

13 B&W illustrations and 4 colour illustrations

ISBN: 9781781383551

Publication: October 27, 2016

Series: Liverpool Studies in International Slavery

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