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A Global History of Anti-slavery Politics in the Nineteenth by Maurice J. Bric William Mulligan

By Maurice J. Bric William Mulligan

The abolition of slavery throughout huge components of the realm was once essentially the most major differences within the 19th century, shaping economies, societies, and political associations. This booklet indicates how the overseas context used to be crucial in shaping the abolition of slavery.

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If the slave ship was held by the adjudicating court to have been seized legally under the jurisdiction of the act, both it and its cargo of slaves were “condemned as a Prize of War” and forfeited to the Crown “for the sole use of His Majesty, his heirs or successors”. The framers of the act were careful to specify that this forfeiture of people-as-property would take place only for the purpose of superseding any pre-existing or future property claim. In other words, the British Crown claimed to assume ownership of the illegally transported slaves simply in order to prevent anyone else from ever owning them—“a not-slave-but-not-quite-free”10 status that Britain claimed as a kind of protective control.

54 This friendship had been cultivated over the course of five years through letters sent across the Atlantic. King Henry received financial support through his relationships with British abolitionists as well as diplomatic guidance from Clarkson. 55 This relationship suggests that the Haitian state under Christophe attempted to support a broader movement for the abolition of slavery than it had earlier in the century. However, the relationship also Julia Gaffield 31 reveals that Christophe was more concerned with internal aid and infrastructure development, while the abolitionist community abroad was the one to initiate the connections between the Haitian state and calls for general emancipation.

Sheridan, “Jamaican slavery to Haitian freedom: the case of the black crew of the Pilot Boat, Deep Nine”, The Journal of Negro History, 67, 4 (1982), p. 399; Revision of the Constitution (1816), 6 Feb. page_id=8294b7496ae06609fa222b156332446b#Haiti, courtesy of Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge. 32. For a discussion of how this article was applied, see Ferrer, “Haiti, free soil, and antislavery in the revolutionary Atlantic”, pp. 44. 33. page_id= 8294b7496ae06609fa222b156332446b#Haiti courtesy of American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia.

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