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The Slave Master of Trinidad

William Hardin Burnley and the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World

Selwyn R. Cudjoe (author)

ISBN: 9781625343703

Publication Date: Nov 2018

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

William Hardin Burnley (1780-1850) was the largest slave owner in Trinidad during the nineteenth century. In this first full-length biography of Burnley, Selwyn R. Cudjoe chronicles the life of Trinidad's "founding father" and sketches the social and cultural milieu in which he lived.
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William Hardin Burnley (1780-1850) was the largest slave owner in Trinidad during the nineteenth century. Born in the United States to English parents, he settled on the island in 1802 and became one of its most influential citizens and a prominent agent of the British Empire. A central figure among elite and moneyed transnational slave owners, Burnley moved easily through the Atlantic world of the Caribbean, the United States, Great Britain, and Europe, and counted among his friends Alexis de Tocqueville, British politician Joseph Hume, and prime minister William Gladstone.

In this first full-length biography of Burnley, Selwyn R. Cudjoe chronicles the life of Trinidad's "founding father" and sketches the social and cultural milieu in which he lived. Reexamining the decades of transition from slavery to freedom through the lens of Burnley's life, The Slave Master of Trinidad demonstrates that the legacies of slavery persisted in the new post-emancipation society.
Illustrations 12 black & white illustrations
Pages 376
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Nov 2018
Publisher University of Massachusetts Press
Subject/s History of the Americas   Slavery & abolition of slavery   Ethnic studies  
Selwyn R. Cudjoe is professor of Africana studies at Wellesley College and author of V. S. Naipaul: A Materialist Reading.

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