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The Trader, the Owner and the Slave

18 Nov 2008
Start time
7:30 PM
Tempest Anderson Hall
Prof James Walvin
The Trader, the Owner and the Slave

Event Information

Joint Lecture with the University of York Senior Common Room, King’s Manor.

Through three individuals, Professor Walvin explores the British slave trade. John Newton, who was a slave trader from 1748 to 1752, wrote “Amazing Grace” in 1772, but it was another decade before he could admit his misdeeds. Thomas Thistlewood was a slave owner responsible for terrible cruelty and depravity, though he was a “bookish man” and a dedicated gardener. The slave is Olaudah Equiano, another bookish man who was kidnapped in England and enslaved in Montserrat.

The lecture is based on parts of James Walvin’s recent book “The Trader, the Owner, the Slave: Parallel Lives in the Age of Slavery”

More details of James Walvin’s book can be found on the yPS “books” page including a link to Amazon.

Sponsored by University of York, Senior Common Room, King’s Manor