The suppression of the Atlantic slave trade

British policies, practices and representations of naval coercion

Edited by Robert Burroughs and Richard Huzzey

The suppression of the Atlantic slave trade


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8511-6
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: July 2015
  • BIC Category: European history, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Slavery, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, Humanities / Slavery & abolition of slavery, Slavery & abolition of slavery, United Kingdom, Great Britain, History
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism


The suppression of the Atlantic slave trade has puzzled nineteenth-century contemporaries and historians since, as the British Empire turned naval power and moral outrage against a branch of commerce it had done so much to promote. The assembled authors bridge the gap between ship and shore to reveal the motives, effects and legacies of this campaign. As the first academic history of Britain's campaign to suppress the Atlantic slave trade in more than thirty years, the book gathers experts in history, literature, historical geography, museum studies and the history of medicine to analyse naval suppression in light of recent work on slavery and empire. Three sections reveal the policies, experiences and representations of slave-trade suppression from the perspectives of metropolitan Britons, liberated Africans, black sailors, colonialists and naval officers.


1 Suppression of the Atlantic slave trade: abolition from ship to shore - Robert Burroughs
2 The politics of slave-trade suppression - Richard Huzzey
3 'Tis enough that we give them liberty'? Liberated Africans at Sierra Leone in the early era of slave-trade suppression - Emma Christopher
4 A 'most miserable business': naval officers' experiences of slave-trade suppression - Mary Wills
5 British and African health in the anti-slave-trade squadron - John Rankin
6 Slave-trade suppression and the culture of anti-slavery in nineteenth-century Britain - Robert Burroughs
7 Slave-trade suppression and the image of West Africa in nineteenth-century Britain - David Lambert
8 History, memory, and commemoration of Atlantic slave-trade suppression - Richard Huzzey and John McAleer


Robert Burroughs is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Leeds Beckett University

Richard Huzzey is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Liverpool and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery

The suppression of the Atlantic slave trade

Edited by Robert Burroughs, Richard Huzzey

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