William A. Pettigrew

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.

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The best books on The Slave Trade, recommended by William A. Pettigrew

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.

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