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Author Dresser, Madge, author.

Title Slavery obscured : the social history of the slave trade in an English provincial port / Madge Dresser.

Publication Info. London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

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Description 1 online resource.
Series Bloomsbury academic collections. The history of the transatlantic slave trade
Bloomsbury academic collections. The history of the transatlantic slave trade
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Cover; Half-title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Illustrations; Tables; Abbreviations; Acknowledgements; Dedication; Introduction; Notes; 1 Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade; Bristol and the trade in Africans before 1698; Bristol and the illegal slave trade; Bristol in the Caribbean; Bristol and the African trade, 1698-1750; Making money from the slave trade; John Duckinfield and other slave traders; Bristol as a slaving port; Notes; 2 Cultural Exchanges: The Representation of Black People and the Black Presence in Bristol, c. 1700-75; Representation and race; Crewmen's tales
Africans in Bristol: subaltern voices on the black presenceThe case of the Old Calabar princes; Conclusion; Notes; 3 Gentility and Slavery: Bristol's Urban Renaissance Reconsidered, c. 1673-c. 1820; The city, 1676-1713; The urban renaissance in Bristol; Green mansions: stately homes and slave wealth; Gentility; Notes; 4 Thinking about the Slave Trade: Abolition and Its Opponents, 1760-91; The culture of abolition; Literature, gender and abolition; Anti-abolition; The theatre of race; Evasive manoeuvres: Bristol anti-abolitionists and the middle passage
Political activity: anti-abolition rhetoric in BristolNotes; 5 Abolition in a Cold Climate, 1792-1807; Respectable anti-slavery; Romanticism and anti-slavery; Sierra Leone and Bristol, 1787-99; Black people in Bristol in the age of abolition; Theatrical reactions: Bristol and slavery at a time of war; Theatrical rituals; Abolition subdued? The Caribbean interest and Bristol politics, 1800-7; Notes; 6 The Struggle for Emancipation; Political radicals and the issue of colonial slavery; The election of 1812 and the West India interest; Changing public attitudes towards slavery, 1814-30
A political engagement?Women and the anti-slavery campaign; The 'slavery election' of 1830; Claxton and slavery; Abolition and reform; Missionaries and revolt; Emancipation and reform in 1832; Notes; Conclusion: Thresholds of Recollection; Notes; Select Bibliography of Unpublished Primary Sources; Index
Summary This title enquires into the social world of 18th century Bristolians. It asks such questions as how much did Bristol's Georgian renaissance owe to slave-derived wealth and what role did white women and artisans play in the anti-slavery movement? Slavery Obscured aims to assess how the slave trade affected the social life and cultural outlook of the citizens of a major English city, and contends that its impact was more profound than has previously been acknowledged. Based on original research in archives in Britain and America, this title builds on scholarship in the economic history of the slave trade to ask questions about the way slave-derived wealth underpinned the city of Bristol's urban development and its growing gentility. How much did Bristol's Georgian renaissance owe to such wealth? Who were the major players and beneficiaries of the African and West Indian trades? How, in an ever-changing historical environment, were enslaved Africans represented in the city's press, theatre and political discourse? What do previously unexplored religious, legal and private records tell us about the black presence in Bristol or about the attitudes of white seamen, colonists and merchants towards slavery and race? What role did white women and artisans play in Bristol's anti-slavery movement? Combining a historical and anthropological approach, Slavery Obscured , seeks to shed new light on the contradictory and complex history of an English slaving port and to prompt new ways of looking at British national identity, race and history.
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Subject Slave trade -- England -- Bristol -- History.
Slavery -- England -- Bristol -- History.
Bristol (England) -- Social conditions.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Original: Dresser, Madge. Slavery obscured. New York : Continuum, ©2001 0826448755 (DLC) 00052344 (OCoLC)45320833
ISBN 9781474291705 (electronic bk.)
1474291708 (electronic bk.)
9781474291699 (hbk.)