The Trader, the Owner, the Slave: Parallel Lives in the Age of Slavery

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Vintage, 2008 - History - 297 pages
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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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User 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

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User Review  - DE Meredith - Goodreads

Good source of information on the slave trade. Recommend. Read full review

About the author (2008)

James Walvin taught for many years at the University of York. He has published widely on slavery and the slave trade. His bookBlack and Whitewon the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize and his book on the Quakers was named as a 'Notable Book of the Year' by theNew York Times. Walvin's bookThe People's Gamehas long been the standard work on the history of football.

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