Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract: The Story of a Tangled Inheritance

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Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract: The Story of a Tangled Inheritance

Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract: The Story of a Tangled Inheritance

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Richard Atkinson was in his late 30s and approaching a milestone he had long feared - the age at which his father died – when one day he came across a box of old family letters gathering dust in a cupboard. I would compare this to Mank the film which at over two hours is rather imposing but if you battle through the first 20 minutes of the latter, so say first 30 odd pages of this tome, you are set fair and onto a damn good thing. Leave you with the author's trip to Jamaica and this passage: "appalled to think these people (the slaves) had been the lawful property (italics) of my family. Overall I found this book a thought provoking and important addition to my understanding of 18th century Britain and our involvement with slavery and the abolition of what we all now understand was a despicable trade. The broad range of the topics covered above makes this a really enlightening and intereresting book, in a way that if one pigeon holed the book into any single themes above would reduce its appeal to the broader population and likely annoy the true specialist in a given theme.

From the author's own investigations into his family history, to getting a new and absolutely unique perspective on history (the American revolution and slavery in particular) I was thrilled. It provided insights into the enslaved people's environment, the British abolition campaign, and what happened when the system ended. Still, what it does do is drive home how many perfectly average middle-class families in Britain today have benefited from the slave trade. Rum’ Atkinson died young, at the height of his powers, leaving a vast inheritance to his many nephews and nieces, as well as the society beauty who had refused his proposal of marriage; 40 years of litigation followed as his heirs wrangled over his legacy.Rum’ Atkinson died young, at the height of his powers, leaving a vast inheritance to his many nephews and nieces, as well as the society beauty who had refused his proposal of marriage; forty years of litigation followed as his heirs wrangled over his legacy. The book’s appearance during our hiatus could not be better: my guess is that many readers will now find themselves inspired to unlock their own time capsules and slip into another century. Indeed reading this today with some current actual controversies in the foreground (eg PPE sourcing, the rich getting richer and lining each others' pockets, government borrowing) are very much retreads of earlier crises (eg provisioning the American war of independence, Rotten Boroughs, government borrowing).

From the first page you are hooked - both by the link between these two relatives and the extraordinary details of the life led by the earlier historical man. See our Remarkables Archive list for what is no longer in print, but which we are happy to track down. He is also the five-times great-uncle of the Richard Atkinson who produced this fascinating, exhaustive work of family history. It may sound like a stretch to say that it's given me a new lens with which to view today's turbulent world. The author adds background interest to the story by detailing the campaign in Britain to first of all outlaw the importation of slaves to the British Empire, and then some 27 years later, to abolish the institution of slavery itself.Still, the thing that’s most interesting about it is the fact that many of his ancestors were slaveowners, holding significant estates in Jamaica. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. See our Remarkables Archive for some that are no longer in print, but which we are happy to try to track down. Although there was much too much detailed political scene setting for the Richard Atkinson with the rum contract. Like many well-to-do Georgian families, the Atkinsons’ wealth was acquired at a terrible cost, through the labour and lives of enslaved Africans.

Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract is an extraordinarily original and captivating work of detective biography. This book is a detailed history of Richard Atkinson's family, including much about its slave owning past in Jamaica. New Paperbacks NEW PAPERBACKS [jsb_filter_by_tags count="15" show_more="10" sort_by="total_products"/] A selection of recent paperbacks. The boards, binding and text block are all square, tight and clean, the dust jacket has light marks on the back panel. The paperwork that he produced and generated was mind-numbing; it’s no wonder Atkinson had to give up his day job.

The main thread of the tale is excellent encompassing so much of major moments in history including William Wilberforce and his fellow anti-Slavery crusaders little by little eradicating it, doing deals with the remarkable Toussaint Louverture in Saint Domingue to the redevelopment of Newcastle and restoring Hadrians Wall all courtesy of the Atkinson family. Lightly written - in a good way - makes this a decent page turner going through the various interlocking themes above.

Of particular interest was the author’s account of various of his ancestors who ran sugar plantations (with sizable numbers of African slaves) on the island of Jamaica. Perennials PERENNIALS constant friends A selection of novels, memoirs and more by some of our favourite authors. I’m particularly embarrassed to have chosen to read this for Black History Month, although in my defence I had hoped it might help with my WIP which touches on the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade in Cumbria, where the Atkinson family has its roots. This discovery set him on an all-consuming, highly emotional journey, ultimately taking him from the weather-beaten house of his Cumbrian ancestors to the ruins of their sugar estates in Jamaica.This is real history, not from the top down or bottom up but from deep inside the heart of living individuals whose stories are all too human. Also fascinating given the increasing acknowledgement of the role or slavery in the development of the UK and the author faces that head on, and it gives it a contemporary resonance. This discovery set him on an all-consuming, highly emotional journey, ultimately taking him from the weather-beaten house of his Cumbrian ancestors to the abandoned ruins of their sugar estates in Jamaica.



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