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Britain's History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery$
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Katie Donington, Ryan Hanley, and Jessica Moody

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382776

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382776.001.0001

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Portrait of a Slave-Trading Family

Portrait of a Slave-Trading Family

The Staniforths of Liverpool

(p.60) 3 Portrait of a Slave-Trading Family
Britain's History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery

Jane Longmore

Liverpool University Press

This chapter offers a perspective on the attitudes of those involved in the slave trade in the second half of the eighteenth century. Liverpool was the dominant British slaving port in this period with a core of merchants who were heavily engaged in the trade. Using a rare collection of business and personal papers belonging to a Liverpool merchant, Thomas Staniforth, questions are asked about the commercial and social networks of the slave traders, the interplay between slaving and other business concerns such as privateering and whaling, and the attitudes of an anti-abolitionist. The world of the Staniforth papers is revealed as one in which family and commercial concerns dominated, an environment which was politically saturated in the business of the slave trade and captured in a series of revealing portraits by Joseph Wright of Derby.

Keywords:   Slave trade, Eighteenth century, Liverpool merchant, Thomas Staniforth, Anti abolitionism, Wright of Derby

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