Rethinking runaways in the British Atlantic world: Britain, the Caribbean, West Africa and North America

Newman, S. P. (2017) Rethinking runaways in the British Atlantic world: Britain, the Caribbean, West Africa and North America. Slavery and Abolition, 38(1), pp. 49-75. (doi:10.1080/0144039X.2016.1220582)

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Abstract

This essay utilises four case studies to explore the various causes, experiences and results of escape from slavery in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century British Atlantic World. These are: Johnny Beckles in Barbados, Jamie Montgomery in Scotland, Castle Slaves at Cape Coast Castle on the West African Gold Coast; and Harriet and Beverly Hemings in Virginia. This essay argues that while some sought escape from slavery and even their race, others sought sanctuary within slave society and even on plantations, while others used escape as a means of pressuring for changes in their lives and work as enslaved people.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Newman, Professor Simon
Authors: Newman, S. P.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Slavery and Abolition
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0144-039X
ISSN (Online):1743-9523
Published Online:22 September 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Slavery and Abolition 38(1): 49-75
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
651561Runaway Slaves in Britain: Bondage, Freedom and Race in the Eighteenth CenturySimon NewmanLeverhulme Trust (LEVERHULME)RPG-2014-133HU - HISTORY