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Beyond Slavery and Abolition
Black British Writing, c.1770–1830

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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108475655


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  • The first full-length historical study of pre-abolition black British writing, this book challenges established narratives of eighteenth-century black history that focus almost exclusively on slavery and abolition. Ryan Hanley expands our perspectives to encompass the often neglected but important black writers of the time, and highlights their contribution to politics, culture, and the arts. He considers the lives and works of contemporary black literary celebrities alongside largely forgotten evangelical authors and political radicals to uncover how they came to produce such diverse and powerful work. By navigating the social, religious, political and professional networks that surrounded these authors and their writing, he also reveals that black intellectuals were never confined to the peripheries of British culture. From the decks of Royal Navy ships to the drawing rooms of country houses, from the pub to the pulpit, black writers, and the work they produced, helped to build modern Britain.

    • Places the contribution of black intellectuals at the heart of a broad range of movements
    • Links histories of slavery and abolition to other aspects of British 'domestic' history
    • Provides new biographical information on eight key figures of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century black Atlantic
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    • Winner, 2019 Whitfield Book Prize, Royal Historical Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108475655
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Black Celebrities:
    1. Ignatius Sancho and posthumous literary celebrity, 1779–1782
    2. Olaudah Equiano: celebrity abolitionist
    3. Mary Prince and the infamy of victimhood, 1828–1833
    Part II. Black Evangelicals:
    4. Ukawsaw Gronniosaw and British Calvinism, 1765–1779
    5. Boston King, Kingswood School, and British Methodism, 1794–1798
    6. John Jea in Lancashire and Hampshire, 1801–1817
    Part III. Black Radicals:
    7. Ottobah Cugoano and the 'Black poor', 1786–1791
    8. Robert Wedderburn and London's radical underworld
    Select bibliography.

  • Author

    Ryan Hanley, University College London
    Ryan Hanley is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at University College London.


    • Winner, 2019 Whitfield Book Prize, Royal Historical Society

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