The Correspondence of Stephen Fuller, 1788-1795: Jamaica, The West India Interest at Westminster and the Campaign to Preserve the Slave Trade
October 2014, Wiley-Blackwell
The Correspondence of Stephen Fuller, 1788-1795, offers a much-needed accounting of how slavery supporters in Britain managed to preserve the slave trade in Jamaica during the last two decades of the 18th century.
- Represents the best single source on the efforts in Britain to prevent the abolition of the slave trade in Jamaica in the late 18th century
- Offers background context for Fuller’s letters and provides new information about the effectiveness of the West India interest in Britain’s houses of parliament
- Provides the fullest accounting of the campaign orchestrated by Jamaica and other Caribbean islands to turn back the abolitionist attack on the slave trade and plantation regime
- Features a wealth of information about the slave trade, the conditions in which Jamaican slaves lived and worked, the racial attitudes of planters and their overseas representatives
- Reveals the efforts made by Fuller to appease the abolition movement through modest steps to deflect criticisms of the planter regime
After receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard University, M.W. McCahill taught at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and then, for 30 years, at Brooks School where he also served as dean. He is the author of Order and Equipoise: The Peerage and the House of Lords, 1783-1806 (1978) and The House of Lords in the Age of George III, 1760-1811 (2009).