Slave Captain: The Career of James Irving in the Liverpool Slave Trade

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Suzanne Schwarz
Liverpool University Press, 2008 - History - 212 pages
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As few accounts written by slave ship captains are known to have survived, the personal papers of James Irving are of tremendous interest and academic significance. Irving built a successful career in the slave trade of eighteenth-century Liverpool, first as a ship's surgeon and then as a captain. Remarkably he was himself enslaved when his ship was wrecked off the coast of Morocco and he was captured by people described as 'wild Arabs' and 'savages'. This edition of forty letters and his journal reveals the reaction of the slaver to the experience of slavery, as well as throwing light on the complex and, to modern eyes, repugnant features of the transatlantic slave trade. The result is both a compelling narrative and a valuable reference text. This thoroughly revised edition of Suzanne Schwarz's best-selling book includes recently discovered archive material.

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Journal of James Irvings Shipwreck and Enslavement May 1789October 1790

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Suzanne Schwarz is associate professor of history at Liverpool Hope University and the coeditor of Liverpool and Transatlantic Slavery.

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