|Plot Summary of The Two Princes of Calabar: An Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey|
|"In the lives of two brothers from a slave-trading community on the Bight of Biafra, Randy J. Sparks uncovers a little known episode in the slave trade and traces the trade's social and economic impact throughout the Atlantic. During a disagreement with a nearby rival slave-trading clan in 1767, which was prompted by English slave merchants, the brothers were seized by a ship captain and pressed into slavery. Thus began their seven-year odyssey to return home.
The brothers were enslaved in Dominica and Virginia. They were eventually taken to England where the Methodists took up their cause. Author Sparks discovered this story while reading their letters to Charles Wesley, one of the founders of Methodism. Eventually, they were freed after their case was adjudicated in the English courts. The book does not make clear whether the brothers or their family continued in the slave trade after this ordeal."
ldpaulson, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Two Princes of Calabar: An Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey|
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Political/social rights fight
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this person?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
- Smarter than most other people
- very athletic
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
Kind of Africa:
- Black Africa
The Americas (not US):
- The Caribbean
- 18th century
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- very explicit references to deaths and torture
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
- wicked rich people
Writer's slant towards subject:
- somewhat unfavorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
Is this a biography of several people?
- A few 1-5 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
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