Slavery in Small Things: Slavery and Modern Cultural Habits isthe first book to explore the long-range cultural legacy of slavery through commonplace daily objects. * Offers a new and original approach to the history of slavery by an acknowledged expert on the topic * Traces the relationship between slavery and modern cultural habits through an analysis of commonplace objects that include sugar, tobacco, tea, maps, portraiture, print, and more * Represents the only study that utilizes common objects to illustrate the cultural impact and legacy of the Atlantic slave trade * Makes the topic of slavery accessible to a wider public audience
James Walvin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Professor Emeritus at the University of York, and formerly a Visiting Fellow at Yale University. His books include Black Ivory: Slavery in the British Empire, 2E (2001); The Trader, The Owner, The Slave: Parallel Lives in the Age of Slavery (2007); A Short History of Slavery (2007); Britain's Slave Empire (2008); The Zong: A Massacre, the Law and the End of Slavery (2011); The Slave Trade (2011); and Crossings: Africa, the Americas and the Atlantic Slave Trade (2013).
Acknowledgments vii Introduction: Slavery in Western Life 1 1 A Sugar Bowl: Sugar and Slavery 11 2 Cowrie Shells: Slavery and Global Trade 37 3 Tobacco: The Slave Origins of a Global Epidemic 54 4 Mahogany: Fashion and Slavery 82 5 Stately Homes and Mansions: The Architecture of Slavery 104 6 Maps: Revealing Slavery 128 7 A Portrait: Pictures in Black and White 151 8 The Brooks: Slave Ships 173 9 A Book: Slavery and the World of Print 192 10 Chains: The Ironware of Slavery 218 11 Cotton: Slavery and Industrial Change 239 Conclusion 262 Index 265