I work on the eighteenth century black Atlantic, including histories of slavery and abolition. I am particularly interested in the contribution of black writers, academics, entrepreneurs and celebrities to eighteenth-century life, both in Britain and across the Anglophone Atlantic. I also work on the intersections between the categories of race and class in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world, with a particular emphasis on how working-class racism emerged in Britain and North America.
Race and class in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world
Slavery, the slave trade and abolition
Kate Donington, Ryan Hanley and Jessica Moody (eds.), Britain’s History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery: Local Nuances of a ‘National Sin’
Transatlantic slavery, just like the abolition movements, affected every space and community in Britain, from Cornwall to the Clyde, from dockyard alehouses to country estates. Today, its financial, architectural and societal legacies remain, scattered across the country in museums and memorials, philanthropic institutions and civic buildings, empty spaces and unmarked graves. Just as they did in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, British people continue to make sense of this 'national sin' by looking close to home, drawing on local histories and myths to negotiate their relationship to the distant horrors of the 'Middle Passage', and the Caribbean plantation. For the first time, this collection brings together localised case studies of Britain's history and memory of its involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, and slavery. These essays, ranging in focus from eighteenth-century Liverpool to twenty-first-century rural Cambridgeshire, from racist ideologues to Methodist preachers, examine how transatlantic slavery impacted on, and continues to impact, people and places across Britain