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



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

James Walvin

ISBN: 978-0-631-22959-9 November 2001 Wiley-Blackwell 344 Pages


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.

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.



  • 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