William A. Pettigrew
William Pettigrew is a professor of history at Lancaster University, focusing on the history of the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans and the role of corporations in developing the English constitution and the British Empire. He is the author of Freedom’s Debt: the Royal African Company and the Politics of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1672-1752, which explores the connections between British freedom and the largest forced intercontinental migration in human history.
Interviews with William A. Pettigrew
The Interesting Narrative
by Olaudah Equiano
Capitalism and Slavery
by Eric Williams
The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas
by David Eltis
Ouidah: The Social History of a West African Slaving Port 1727-1892
by Robin Law
American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia
by Edmund S Morgan
In the 17th and 18th century millions of Africans were shipped across the Atlantic to the Americas as slaves. This trade took place at the same time as ‘liberal’ ideas about the importance of human freedom took root in Great Britain and North America. Here, historian William A. Pettigrew recommends five books to help understand the slave trade, how it was established, why it flourished and why it was eventually abolished.