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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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Liverpool’s Local Tints

Liverpool’s Local Tints

Drowning Memory and ‘Maritimising’ Slavery in a Seaport City

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(p.150) 7 Liverpool’s Local Tints
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Britain's History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery
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Jessica Moody

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781382776.003.0008

This chapter considers the ‘maritimization’ of slavery in the former slave-trading port city of Liverpool. Taking John Beech’s argument that Britain’s memory of transatlantic slavery has predominantly been framed as a purely ‘maritime’ activity, this chapter takes a closer look at how this plays out in the country’s foremost slave-trading port city of the eighteenth century. It argues that local ‘maritime’ identity narratives themselves act to obscure Liverpool’s memory of transatlantic slavery whilst simultaneously also revealing connections with the enslaved – particularly through engagements with ‘Goree’, here presented as a site of memory. The chapter draws on a broad range of primary material to reveal and map Liverpool’s public memory discourse, from guidebooks and written histories, newspapers, anniversaries, museums, architecture and public art.

Keywords:   Liverpool, Memory of slavery, Memory of abolition, Slavery, Slave trade, Public Memory, Museums, Public art, Architecture, Maritime identity

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