Seeking book and journal recommendations about Afro-British participation in the abolition campaign in the late 18th and 19th centuries: Seeking materials focused on popular participation in the UK, also material about the Afro-British community in the 18th and 19th centuries generally.
My first MeFi question ever!
I'm really interested in popular participation in the abolition campaigns of the 18th and 19th centuries. There's a lot out there about the leaders, especially the white leaders, but I'd like to read more about activists of color. (I'd also take recommendations about popular white participation)
What started me off: a not-helpfully-footnoted sentence in Paul Gilroy's After Empire: Multiculture or Postcolonial Melancholia
about a radical biracial British anti-slavery activist and his friends, who would go to anti-slavery gatherings carrying pirate flags. Who was that guy? What was his social circle like?
I'm also interested in the Afro-British community in the 18th and 19th centuries. It seems to have been small but connected and radical; slaves who ran away in the UK (whether before or after slavery was abolished in the UK itself) often seem to have been able to disappear successfully into a population of only a few thousand people. Anything about this community in general would be great.
I'd like to know more about the texture of daily life, the culture of the abolitionist movement, movement publications, meetings, where people met, how they communicated, how their work fit into or was inspired by their everyday lives and so on.
I've read much of Olaudah Equiano's
autobiography, I've got Robin Blackburn's Overthrow of Colonial Slavery
on order and I'm currently reading Adam Hochschild's Bury the Chains
, which is easy to read but very general and focuses very much on white leaders of the movement.
I'm not an academic so I'm bogging down in my search. I do have access to academic journals and databases through work, though. Even some clues about better search terms would be appreciated!