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Trevor Burnard

Trevor Burnard

Trevor Burnard is a Professor of American History and Head of School in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, He has published a study of plantation societies in late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British North America and the West Indies called Planters, Merchants, and Slaves: Plantation Societies in British America, 1650–1820 (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and, with John Garrigus, The Plantation Machine: Atlantic Capitalism in French Saint-Domingue and British Jamaica (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).

Trevor Burnard reviews 'Freedom in White and Black: A lost story of the illegal slave trade and its global legacy' by Emma Christopher

Online Exclusives 31 December 2018
Because the settlement of Australia by the British proceeded in a certain way, we tend to forget how unusual it was in 1788 to start a colony without slavery. The year 1788 saw the first major manifestation of the abolitionist movement, which had a massive success by 1807 when the Atlantic slave trade was abolished. But slavery was central to the British Empire in 1788, one in which there had not ... (read more)