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The Slave Master of Trinidad: William Hardin Burnley and the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author


Selwyn R. Cudjoe is professor of Africana studies at Wellesley College and author of V. S. Naipaul: A Materialist Reading.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781625343703
ISBN-10: 1625343701
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication Date: November 1st, 2018
Pages: 384
Language: English
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