Graduate Speaker Series 2012: Vincent Carretta (Updated 10/26/12)
Vincent Carretta, University of Maryland: Strangers in Strange Lands: Figures in the Eighteenth-Century African Diaspora
This talk will focus in particular on William Ansah Sessarakoo (1720?-1770), who traveled first (involuntarily) from Africa to the West Indies, where he was redeemed from slavery by the Royal African Company, then sent to England, where he was treated as a celebrity before being repatriated to Africa to engage in the transatlantic slave trade, and Julius Soubise (1754?-1798), who was brought from Jamaica as a slave to England, where he was given to the Duchess of Queensberry, who gave him the education of a gentleman, and hustled him off to India to escape his debts and a rape charge. Although neither Sessarakoo not Soubise was an author, their lives inspired contemporaries (including John Newton) to write about them. The talk will be illustrated.