Henry Whiteley's Exposé

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Title

Henry Whiteley's Exposé

Subject

Abolition

Description

In the book Three Months in Jamaica by Henry Whiteley, the author recounts the time he spent in the West Indies and what noticed while he was there. During his stay, he witnessed the cruelty slaves had to endure while they worked on the plantations there. Whiteley found slavery on the island to be unacceptable, when he returned back to England he immediately started to write the story of his trip. He visited Jamaica in 1832, and he was able to get his book published within the next year. This book is important when thinking of Black Britons because it shows how overall opinion of slavery throughout the British empire at this time was shifting towards abolition. This book was one of last books to be published that supported abolition right before the abolition of slavery within the same year.

I have chosen the page above because in most appendixes, there is additional information about topics not widely covered in a book, but in this appendix, there are personal testimonies from people Whiteley knew in order to vouch for his character. I found this interesting because I did not expect to see this in an appendix, and I could not figure why someone would choose to include this in their own book. The only explanation I could think of for this would be because, I assume, Whiteley was a white man, and people at the time might not believe or take his story seriously because most book depicting the authentic lives of slaves were written by former slaves.

Creator

Henry Whiteley

Source

Three Months in Jamaica

Publisher

J. Hatchard and Son in Piccadilly

Date

1833

Contributor

Jordan Davis

Rights

USC Archives & Special Collections: Call # F1871. W591833

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Files

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Citation

Henry Whiteley, “Henry Whiteley's Exposé,” Black Britons in USC Archives & Special Collections, accessed September 19, 2017, http://uscblackbritons.omeka.net/items/show/26.