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The long shadow of Edward Long

Catherine Hall*email-imageCatherine Hall*

Catherine Hall is Emerita Professor of History and Chair of the Centre of the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery at UCL. She has written extensively on the history of Britain, gender and empire including Family Fortunes (1987, University of Chicago Press), co-authored with Leonore Davidoff, Civilising Subjects (2002, University of Chicago Press) Macaulay and Son (2012, Yale University Press) and, with others, Legacies of British Slave-ownership (2014, Cambridge University Press). From 2009 to 2016 she was principal investigator on the LBS project www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs. Her new book is Lucky Valley: Edward Long and the History of Racial Capitalism (2024, Cambridge University Press). She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2018.

email-image c.hall@ucl.ac.uk

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Elizabeth EdwardsElizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards is a visual and historical anthropologist and Professor Emerita of Photographic History at De Montfort University, Leicester. She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2015, and is an Editor of the Journal of the British Academy.

Abstract

In this interview, Professor Catherine Hall considers the impact and legacy of Edward Long’s three-volume History of Jamaica, published in 1774. Long—slave-owner, planter and supporter of a racial-based slave economy—drew on a range of contemporary thinking in politics, economics and natural sciences, and on his own detailed experience of Jamaica, to make a case for the ‘naturalness’ of African enslavement and of what is now termed ‘racial capitalism’. Professor Hall considers the uncomfortable contexts and longevity of this seminal 18th-century book and its influence on racial thinking that still resonates today.

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slaveryEdward LongraceJamaicahistory
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Published on: 22 May 2024
Volume: 12
Issue: Issue 1 & 2
Article ID: a08
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Hall with Edwards (2024), ' The long shadow of Edward Long ', Journal of the British Academy, 12(Issue 1 & 2): a08 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/012.a08

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The long shadow of Edward Long

Catherine Hall*email-imageCatherine Hall*

Catherine Hall is Emerita Professor of History and Chair of the Centre of the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery at UCL. She has written extensively on the history of Britain, gender and empire including Family Fortunes (1987, University of Chicago Press), co-authored with Leonore Davidoff, Civilising Subjects (2002, University of Chicago Press) Macaulay and Son (2012, Yale University Press) and, with others, Legacies of British Slave-ownership (2014, Cambridge University Press). From 2009 to 2016 she was principal investigator on the LBS project www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs. Her new book is Lucky Valley: Edward Long and the History of Racial Capitalism (2024, Cambridge University Press). She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2018.

email-image c.hall@ucl.ac.uk

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Elizabeth EdwardsElizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards is a visual and historical anthropologist and Professor Emerita of Photographic History at De Montfort University, Leicester. She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2015, and is an Editor of the Journal of the British Academy.