With the abolition of the slave trade in 1807 and the Emancipation Act of 1833, Britain seemed to wash its hands of slavery. Not so, according to Marika Sherwood, who sets the record straight in this provocative new book. In fact, Sherwood demonstrates that Britain continued to contribute to the slave trade well after 1807, even into the twentieth century. Drawing on government documents and contemporary reports as well as published sources, she describes how slavery remained very much a part of British investment, commerce and empire, especially in funding and supplying goods for the trade in slaves and in the use of slave-grown produce. The nancial world of the City in London also depended on slavery, which - directly and indirectly - provided employment for millions of people. "After Abolition" also examines some of the causes and repercussions of continued British involvement in slavery and describes many of the apparently respectable villains, as well as the heroes, connected with the trade - at all levels of society.
It contains important revelations about a darker side of British history, previously unexplored, which will provoke real questions about Britain's perceptions of its past
'This book is absolutely outstanding -- timely, compelling and insightful. Marshalling together the best evidence from the historical archives, Sherwood writes smoothly, incisively and persuasively. And she pulls no punches. The reader of this book will be rewarded with rich, textured evidence, detailed concrete examples, insistent questioning, incisive analysis, impeccable reasoning and compelling arguments.' - Stephen Small, Chair of the Department of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley 'This clever and angry book challenges the triumphalist narrative of British abolition. Sherwood, an ingenious and tenacious researcher, shows how British bankers, merchants, and manufacturers continued to profit from the Slave Trade and Plantation Slavery long after 1807 and 1833.' - Richard Drayton, Senior lecturer in Imperial History, University of Cambridge 'A highly provocative and iconoclastic text, which poses critical and discomfiting questions. It forces us to rethink or question many long-held assumptions about the slave trade and its abolition and presents us with incontrovertible evidence of hypocritical acts, half-hearted measures and false promises on the part of the British state, business community and civil society. After Abolition is highly recommended to the academic and general reader for the light it sheds on Britain's involvement in the slave trade and its abolition.' - Ayodeji Olukoju, Professor of History and Dean of Arts, University of Lagos, Nigeria 'Marika Sherwood uncovers the stench of denial in the official records which pass over the pivotal place of the Atlantic slavery episode in the story of Britain's rise to industrial and imperial greatness.' - Colin Prescod, Chair of the Institute of Race RelationsBBC HISTORY MAGAZINEA provocative book, written with anger and passion. People willargue furiously over it, which is all the more reason to read it.Anthony TibblesISLINGTON TRIBUNEAnd CAMDEN NEW JOURNALThe rather smug, self-congratulatory tone of many of the celebrations marking 200 years since the abolition of the slave trade has jarred with the eminent historian Marika Sherwood.
Series: Library of International Relations
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 23rd February 2007
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1