The Hanging of Arthur Hodge: A Caribbean Anti-Slavery Milestone

The Hanging of Arthur Hodge: A Caribbean Anti-Slavery Milestone

by John Andrew

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Overview

THE HANGING OF ARTHUR HODGE�A CARIBBEAN ANTI-SLAVERY MILESTONE recounts life in the British Virgin Islands during slavery, the hanging of a master for murdering one of his own slaves and its impact on the movement which resulted in the freeing of slaves throughout the British Empire in 1838.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
John Andrew graduated with honors in history from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and was the recipient of a Lowden-Wigmore Prize for Legal Writing at Northwestern School of Law. Research for this book has taken him to libraries in the U.S., the West Indies, England and Scotland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738819310
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 08/28/2000
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Foreward15
Introduction17
1.The Settlement of the Virgin Islands: "Goodnight Governor"21
2.The Planters: "Sons of Indolence"26
3.The Slaves: Africa and the Middle Passage--"We Were Not To Be Eaten"36
4.The Slaves: Life in the West Indies: "A Predominant Melancholy"41
5.The Slaves: Death in the West Indies: "Mutilated Limbs and Broken Hearts"58
6.The Abolition of the Slave Trade: "It's So Odious"65
7.Arthur Hodge: "Great Accomplishments and Elegant Manners"82
8.Death on Mount Bellevue: "That Modern Golgotha"90
9.Conflict and Accusation: "Half-Uttered Threats"99
10.The Governor: "The Course of Duty"106
11.Hodge Arrested and Defended: "Than To Kill His Dog"115
12.Trial: "This Case--For The Honor Of The World--Has No Parallel"123
Preparation123
Prosecution129
Defense149
Rebuttal162
Argument167
Verdict174
13.Execution and Reflection: "The Awful Signal"175
14.Impact on History: "The Hand of God"181
Epilogue: "Utterly Abolished"189
Bibliographical Note191
Bibliography193
Official Documents193
Other Sources194
Index233
List of Illustrations
Flogging: "The Planter Looks on with calm Indifference as if Deaf to the piercing Shrieks that rend the air." (Frontispiece to The Authentic History of the English West Indies)27
Seal of the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade, designed by Josiah Wedgwood73
Plan of a Slave Ship75
Arthur Hodge81
View of Roadtown Harbor from Mount Bellevue86
French Colonial "Black Dog" Coins Counter-stamped "H" for "Hodge"88
Hugh Elliot107
A Portion of Elliot's Draft of His Dispatch of April 1, 1811, to Lord Liverpool120
Log of H.M.S. Cygnet for April 27, 1811, bearing signature of A. W. Hodge125
Courtroom in Tortola128
Title Pages of English and American Editions of The Trial of Arthur Hodge184
Map
The Virgin Islands from English and Danish Surveys, Thomas Jeffreys, 177523

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