Manchester
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This chapter explores the Hibberts’ familial and commercial roots in north-west England in the eighteenth century. Interweaving family and local history, the chapter examines how the Manchester economy became integrated into the system of transatlantic slavery. Building on recent work which has examined the relationship between slavery, cotton and capitalism, it traces the development of a distinctive network of merchants bound together by religious and familial ties who were involved in the cloth trade and the slave economy. Analysing the records of the Unitarian Cross Street Chapel, the chapter reconstructs the personal and business relationships of some of its most prominent families. Documenting the marriages of several generations of Hibbert men and women, the chapter considers how the family consolidated their position through alliances which enriched and expanded their commercial interests. It also gives an account of how the gendered expectations of mercantile families shaped the childhood experiences of sons and daughters. It concludes with a reflection on how Manchester’s links to the slaving past have been represented and remembered within the city’s public histories.

The bonds of family

Slavery, commerce and culture in the British Atlantic world

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