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Africans in East Anglia, 1467-1833

Richard Maguire (Author)
"What were the lives of Africans in provincial England like during the early modern period? How, where, and when did they arrive in rural counties? How were they perceived by their contemporaries? This book examines the population of Africans in Norfolk and Suffolk from 1467, the date of the first documented reference to an African in the region, to 1833, when Parliament voted to abolish slavery in the British Empire. It uncovers the complexity of these Africans' historical experience, considering the interaction of local custom, class structure, tradition, memory, and the gradual impact of the Atlantic slaving economy. Richard C. Maguire proposes that the initial regional response to arriving Africans during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries was not defined exclusively by ideas relating to skin colour, but rather by local understandings of religious status, class position, ideas about freedom and bondage, and immediate local circumstances. Arriving Africans were able to join the region's working population through baptism, marriage, parenthood, and work. This manner of response to Africans was challenged as local merchants and gentry begin doing business with the slaving economy from the mid-seventeenth century onwards. Although the racialised ideas underpinning Atlantic slavery changed the social circumstances of Africans in the region, the book suggests that they did not completely displace older, more inclusive, ideas in working communities"-- Back cover
Print Book, English, 2021
The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2021
x, 285 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
9781783276332, 1783276339
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List of IllustrationsAcknowledgements List of AbbreviationsA note on dating, transcription, currency, weights and measures, and referencesIntroduction. A Social History of Africans in early modern Norfolk and SuffolkOne. Identifying the African Population in Early Modern Norfolk and SuffolkTwo. Beginnings: The Establishment of the African Population, 1467 to 1599Three. 'Strangers', 'Foreigners', and 'Slavery'Four. The Seventeenth Century. The Early Shadow of Transatlantic SlaveryFive. The African Population, 1600-1699Six. Eighteenth-Century Links to the Atlantic EconomySeven. Eighteenth-Century African LivesEight. The 'Three African Youths', a Gentleman, and Some RiotersEpilogue: Reconsidering the Social History of Africans in Norfolk and SuffolkAppendix A: The African and Asian Population identified in Norfolk and Suffolk, 1467-1833Appendix B: The Surname 'Blackamore', 1500-1800Appendix C: Plantation Ownership in Norfolk and Suffolk, 1650-1833Bibliography