By James Walvin
Dirt jacket notes: "By the mid years of the 17th century the English prided themselves on their newly secured social and political freedoms. At a lot an identical time, despite the fact that, that they had all started to increase their very own slave colonies within the New international. by means of the mid-eighteenth century, the English has turn into the world's pre-eminent slaving kingdom, delivery thousands of Africans from their homelands into the Americas, for the fabric healthiness of ecu countries. but slavery, which introduced quite a bit various prosperity to Britain used to be ended, in British possessions, in a comparatively short interval. within the area of 50 years first the slave alternate after which slavery itself used to be abolished via Parliament. This e-book seeks to discover that strategy by way of learning abolition and emancipation as a species of renowned politics. additionally one an important aspect within the advanced political formulation which created black freedom used to be black socity itself - in Britain and the West Indies. however the wider transformation, from slavery to black freedom, happened within the picking context of a altering British financial system; of the emergence of the British business revolution. therefore this e-book seeks to inform the tale of the way a society which used to be, immediately, pleased with its inner liberties and but a slaving kingdom, got here to bestow related freedoms on its slaves."