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SHOCKING FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) WILLIAM WILBERFORCE ET AL. Abridgements of the Minutes of the Evidence, taken before a Committee of the Whole House to whom it was Referred to Consider of the Slave Trade, 1789 [bound with] Abridgement of the Minutes. . . 1790, Number II [offered with] Abridgement of the Minutes of the Evidence taken before a Committee of the Whole House, to whom it was Referred to Consider of the Slave trade, Number III [bound with] Abridgement of the Minutes. . . 1791, Part IV. , 82; , 246; 157; 163, with folding table. Some related ink marginalia in No's I and II; last several leaves of number IV with a hole affecting several words on each page (understandable in context). 8vo's bound in calf-backed contemporary marbled boards full tree calf, hinges weak. London, 1789-1791
"Parliamentary debates on the abolition of the slave trade were inaugurated in the late 1780's. The evidence includes testimony of slave traders, plantation managers and overseers, slave owners, physicians for slaves and other eye-witness observers and participants. They provide often shocking first hand accounts of the slave trade, the Atlantic "Middle Passage," as well as life on the plantations and the horrid abuses of the slave laborers thereon.
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