Slavery and the making of early American libraries : British literature, political thought, and the transatlantic book trade, 1731-1814 (Book, 2019) [WorldCat.org]
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Slavery and the making of early American libraries : British literature, political thought, and the transatlantic book trade, 1731-1814

Author: Sean D Moore
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Early American libraries stood at the nexus of two transatlantic branches of commerce--the book trade and the slave trade. Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries bridges the study of these trades by demonstrating how Americans' profits from slavery were reinvested in imported British books and providing evidence that the colonial book market was shaped, in part, by the demand of slave owners for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sean D Moore
ISBN: 9780198836377 0198836376
OCLC Number: 1055262631
Description: xxvi, 256 pages : illustrations, portraits, facsimiles ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Buying Oroonoko in Salem : sentimentality, spectacle, slavery, and the Salem Social Library --
"Whatever is, is right" : the Redwood Library and the reception of Pope's poetry in colonial Rhode Island --
They were prodigals and enslavers : patriarchy and the reading of Robinson Crusoe at the New York Society Library --
Slaves as securitized assets : Chrysal, or, The Adventures of a Guinea, paper money, and the Charleston Library Society --
"See Benezet's account of Africa throughout" : the genres of Equiano's Interesting Narrative and the Library Company of Philadelphia --
Conclusion : philanthropy recommended --
slavery, the origins of the "charitable industrial complex," and the public sphere.
Other Titles: British literature, political thought, and the transatlantic book trade, 1731-1814
Responsibility: Sean D. Moore.

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This volume explores how profits from slavery underpinned the dissemination of British literature in America during the eighteenth century and how the colonial book market was shaped, in part, by the  Read more...

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