By Marika Sherwood
With the abolition of the slave exchange in 1807 and the emancipation of all slaves through the British Empire in 1833, Britain washed its arms of slavery. now not so, in keeping with Marika Sherwood, who units the checklist instantly during this provocative new book. In truth, Sherwood demonstrates Britain persevered to give a contribution to and cash in on the slave alternate good after 1807, even into the 20 th century. Drawing on unpublished resources in parts of British heritage that have been formerly missed, she describes how slavery remained a great deal part of British trade and empire, in particular within the use of slave labour in Britain's African colonies. She additionally examines a few of the motives and repercussions of persisted British involvement in slavery and describes a number of the shady characters, in addition to the heroes, hooked up with the exchange - in any respect degrees of society. After Abolition comprises vital revelations a few darker facet of British background so that it will galvanize genuine questions about Britain's perceptions of its prior.
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John Gladstone. John Gladstone appears to have owned at least three plantations in Demerara: the Vreed-en-Hoop, Belle Vue and Vriedenstein. Two years after the Emancipation Act was passed in , unable to ﬂog his slaves into obedience any longer, Gladstone persuaded the Secretary of State for the Colonies to let him import Indians to labour on his plantations. ) He was assured by his recruiters that the Indians ‘have no religion, no education and in their present state, no wants beyond eating, drinking and sleeping’.
Manchester and the surrounding towns would not, I believe, have developed to more than a small fraction of their size had it not been for slave-grown cotton. The two towns became interdependent by the end of the s. Of course, other towns and cities could be, and should be, investigated from the same perspective. Glasgow, Bristol, Birmingham, London… There has been no thorough investigation of these cities’ histories from the perspective of their dependence on slavery. Nor has anyone, as far as I have been able to ascertain asked: what would Britain have become without the proﬁts and the employment provided by cotton?
According to the E. 33 I have to ask: could the ‘retired’ slave traders on the Liverpool Common Council perhaps have had some inﬂuence with the Customs? Clearly the dealers/traders had ﬁgured out various means of avoiding detection. How much ofﬁcials turned the proverbial ‘blind eye’ to what was going on in Liverpool docks we shall probably never know. A few Liverpool ships were among those captured by the inadequate Anti-Slave Trade Squadron (see Chapter ). I have not read through the records of the Mixed Commission Courts or the Vice-Admiralty Courts, to which captured vessels were taken, but the impression I get is that most British vessels were exonerated.