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The suppression of the Atlantic slave tradeBritish policies, practices and representations of naval coercion$
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Burroughs Roberts and Huzzey Richard

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085116

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085116.001.0001

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Suppression of the Atlantic slave trade

Suppression of the Atlantic slave trade

abolition from ship to shore

(p.1) Chapter One Suppression of the Atlantic slave trade
The suppression of the Atlantic slave trade

Robert Burroughs

Manchester University Press

This introductory chapter by Robert Burroughs outlines the dimensions of the nineteenth-century transatlantic slave trade, and of British naval efforts against it. It then briefly reviews previous book-length studies of the naval suppression campaign, while explaining the present volume’s main aims: to come to a more nuanced understanding of the motivations behind Britain’s anti-slave-trade policies and actions; to highlight the impact of anti-slave-trade measures upon enslaved and formerly enslaved Africans, and the lack of attention to African perspectives in earlier writings about the subject; and to identify how understandings of the work of the anti-slave-trade squadron were developed through complex dialogues between and among its metropolitan architects and critics, and those who experienced it at the coal-face, as the idea of anti-slavery floated between ship and shore.

Keywords:   Slavery, Slave Trade, Britain, Empire, Atlantic, African, Caribbean, Navy

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