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Black Ivory: Slavery in the British Empire, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-631-22959-9
344 pages
November 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
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The terrible story of African slavery in the British colonies of the West Indies and North America is told with clarity and compassion in this classic history.
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Table of Contents


Preface to the Second Edition.


Chronology of Main Events.


Part I: A View from London:.

1. Consuming Passions.

2. Murdering Men.

Part II: Traumas:.

3. Slaves, Traders and Africa.

4. Crossing the Atlantic.

5. Landfall.

Part III: Working Lives:.

6. Plantations, Slaves and Planters.

7. In the Fields.

8. Skills.

9. Women.

10. Disease and Death.

Part IV: Resting:.

11. Slaves at Ease.

12. Religion.

13. Families and Communities.

14. Sex in the Slave Quarters.

Part V: Fighting Back:.

15. Violence.

16. Rebellions.

17. A Leap in the Dark: Runaways.

Part VI: Consequences:.

18. Ending It All: The Crusade Against Slavery.

19. The Plight of Africa.

20. The Problems of Freedom.

Bibliographical Note.



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Author Information

James Walvin is Professor of History at the University of York. He has written widely on slave history and British social history and his recent publications include Questioning Slavery (1996), Making the Black Atlantic (2000), The Slave Trade (1999) and Britains's Slave Empire (2000).
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Argues that slavery transformed the tastes and economy of the western world

  • Illustrated with frequent reference to individual lives

  • New edition incorporates recent scholarly findings

  • Notes and bibliography have been updated
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