The Trader, the Owner, the Slave: Parallel Lives in the Age of Slavery
There has been nothing like Atlantic slavery. Its scope and the ways in which it has shaped the modern world are so far-reaching as to make it ungraspable. By examining the lives of three individuals caught up in the enterprise of human enslavement - a trader, an owner and a slave - James Walvin offers a new and an original interpretation of the barbaric world of slavery and of its historic end in April 1807.
John Newton (1725-1807), best known as the author of 'Amazing Grace', was a slave captain who marshalled his human cargoes with a brutality that he looked back on with shame and contrition. Thomas Thistlewood (1721-86) lived his life in a remote corner of western Jamaica and his unique diary provides some of the most revealing images of a slave owner's life in the most valuable of all British slave colonies. Olaudah Equiano (1745-97) was practically unknown thirty years ago, but is now an iconic figure in black history and his experience as a slave speaks out for lives of millions who went unrecorded. All three men were contemporaries; they even came close to each other at different points of the Atlantic compass. But what held them together, in its destructive gravitational pull, was the Atlantic slave system.
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Review: The Trader, The Owner, The Slave: Parallel Lives in the Age of SlaveryUser Review - Houmous - Goodreads
Now, I'm not a very avid non fiction reader, but I was interested the the subject so I picked this one up at random from the library. I got through it all, but only because I'm really stubborn. I didn ... Read full review
Review: The Trader, The Owner, The Slave: Parallel Lives in the Age of SlaveryUser Review - DE Meredith - Goodreads
Good source of information on the slave trade. Recommend. Read full review