Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract: The Story of a Tangled Inheritance

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Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract: The Story of a Tangled Inheritance

Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract: The Story of a Tangled Inheritance

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I would compare this to Mank the film which at over two hours is rather imposing but if you battle through the first 20 minutes of the latter, so say first 30 odd pages of this tome, you are set fair and onto a damn good thing. Leave you with the author's trip to Jamaica and this passage: "appalled to think these people (the slaves) had been the lawful property (italics) of my family. From the first page you are hooked - both by the link between these two relatives and the extraordinary details of the life led by the earlier historical man. the subject matter is Georgian-era merchants (an ancestor of the author in particular), early merchant banks, the War of American Independence, slavery, trade, war with France, sugar, slavery, trade, abolition.

Dip Into NEW PAPERBACKS [jsb_filter_by_tags count="15" show_more="10" sort_by="total_products"/] A selection of recent paperbacks. The author adds background interest to the story by detailing the campaign in Britain to first of all outlaw the importation of slaves to the British Empire, and then some 27 years later, to abolish the institution of slavery itself. Remarkable … A three-dimensional portrait, not just of Richard Atkinson MP but his world – nefarious, buccaneering, amoral, but also containing a genuine love story… Family history can become an obsession and often a bore.He is also the five-times great-uncle of the Richard Atkinson who produced this fascinating, exhaustive work of family history. This book is a detailed history of Richard Atkinson's family, including much about its slave owning past in Jamaica. This discovery set him on an all-consuming, highly emotional journey, ultimately taking him from the weather-beaten house of his Cumbrian ancestors to the ruins of their sugar estates in Jamaica. Of particular interest was the author’s account of various of his ancestors who ran sugar plantations (with sizable numbers of African slaves) on the island of Jamaica.

Unable to have a family of his own, he threw in his lot with the one he already had, and duly discovered a Dickensian array of characters: litigious eccentrics, bone-idle fops, dutiful husbands and angelic nieces, all enjoying the profits of slavery. This vivid tale of a single family, their lives and loves, set against a panoramic backdrop of war, politics and slavery, offers a uniquely intimate insight into one of the most disturbing chapters in Britain’s colonial past.By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Brilliant book telling a wide ranging history, warts and all of one family, but actually of so much more.

When she eventually married, aged 43, Anne went with her much younger husband to live in South Africa. Although there was much too much detailed political scene setting for the Richard Atkinson with the rum contract. Also fascinating given the increasing acknowledgement of the role or slavery in the development of the UK and the author faces that head on, and it gives it a contemporary resonance. Richard Atkinson was in his late thirties, and approaching a milestone he had long dreaded – the age at which his father died – when one day he came across a box of old family letters gathering dust on top of a cupboard.One of the things I found most compelling was the way the author pieces together the story of his ancestors, their loves, ambitions and weaknesses, and gets to know them, as we do, through the book. Still, what it does do is drive home how many perfectly average middle-class families in Britain today have benefited from the slave trade. Perennials PERENNIALS constant friends A selection of novels, memoirs and more by some of our favourite authors.



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