British policies, practices and representations of naval coercion

The suppression of the Atlantic slave trade has puzzled nineteenth-century contemporaries and historians. The British Empire turned naval power and moral outrage against a branch of commerce it had done so much to promote. This book deals with the British Royal Navy's suppression of the Atlantic slave trade. It traces the political debates which framed policies for the British state's waning but unbroken commitment to slave-trade suppression. If protectionists failed to stop free trade and anti-coercionists failed to withdraw the cruisers, then they did both succeed in reshaping domestic debates to support labour coercion. The book examines details of the work of the navy's West Africa Squadron which have been passed over in earlier narrative accounts. The liberty afforded to the individuals who entered as apprentices into Sierra Leone cannot be clearly distinguished from the bonded labour awaiting them had their enslavers completed the voyage to the Americas. The experiences of sailors and Africans ashore and on ship often stand in contrast to contemporaneous representations of naval suppression. Comparison of the health of African and European sailors serving on the West Africa Station provides insight into the degree to which naval medicine was racialised. The book discusses the anti-slave trade squadron's wider, cultural significance, and its role in the shaping of geographical knowledge of West Africa. It charts the ways in which slave-trade suppression in the Atlantic Ocean was represented in material culture, and the legacy of this commemoration for historical writing and public memory in the subsequent 200 years.

British suppression of the transatlantic slave trade rested on the threat of violent force. However, the use and exertion of naval power was shaped or constrained by political calculation. In considering the national and international politics of the maritime campaign, this chapter seeks to understand how the two interacted and, in particular

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Abolition from ship to shore

This study provides fresh perspectives on critical aspects of the British Royal Navy’s suppression of the Atlantic slave trade. It is divided into three sections. The first, Policies, presents a new interpretation of the political framework under which slave-trade suppression was executed. Part II, Practices, examines details of the work of the navy’s West Africa Squadron

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played by the navy in promulgating Britain’s nineteenth-century anti-slavery policies. But by virtue of the fact that the envelope contains all that remains of the Black Joke , it also acts as a potent symbol of the way in which much of the rest of the navy’s suppression activities off the west coast of Africa in the first half of the nineteenth century fell from the public gaze

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Introduction With the culmination of the West Indian emancipation movement in 1838, politicians and anti-slavery leaders turned their attention increasingly to slave-trade suppression. 1 Public interest in, if not support for, the cause was roused, as from the late 1830s until the early 1850s – especially in the 1840s when its

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Introduction This chapter considers the role of British naval suppression in the production of the image of West Africa. 1 The published accounts produced by naval officers serving in the West Africa Squadron, or others who travelled on its ships, were not primarily intended to add to British understanding of West Africa and its

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Naval officers’ experiences of slave-trade suppression

this role is not without difficulties. Employment on the squadron offered a paid wage at a time when naval jobs were increasingly scarce; discussion of personal motivations for service must take place in awareness that few volunteered for any particular naval station. 2 Nevertheless, suppression of the Atlantic slave trade was extraordinary employment. Its intensity

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’ European bodies. These sources illuminate European sailors’ fears of the region’s fevers. 1 Scholarly interest in the West Africa Station has been confined to the politics and processes of slave-trade suppression and, if these studies do mention health, they echo the opinions of the likes of Bryson and Pritchett without development or context. 2 African experiences are largely

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1 Oppression and suppression of the sexual deviant, 1939–1967 I would sometimes question the treatments we were giving. [. . .] Then I would get home and turn on the television [. . .] and all over it was either ‘homosexuals should be accepted’, or ‘homosexuality is illegal, it is wrong, these people are irredeemable.’ And thank goodness; ‘psychiatry is trying to do something about it.’ [. . .] I just didn’t know who was right and what was wrong, it left me very perplexed.1 Introduction Nurses caring for patients receiving treatments for sexual deviations

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involved the anomalous alien priories, closed because of their dependence on French monasteries. The suppression of small houses did become a little more common from the late fifteenth century, and a more far-reaching dissolution of lesser houses was under discussion in early Tudor England (cf. 55 ). But despite their rarity, new foundations and suppressions reveal much about late

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