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Blacks were, of course, usually recognizable because of their colour. They were socially stereotyped because of their concentration in domestic service and shipping. In London they were sufficiently numerous and mobile to elicit a proclamation prohibiting their entry into the lucrative trades as apprentices. But one must recognize that other groups were also quite distinguishable by their accents and dress and social roles in eighteenth-century England. " An extensive survey of many years of London newspaper letters from the early 17608 to the early 17908 reveals far more complaints about Scottish, Irish, Jewish and other European intruders than Border Skirmish: Neither Wages nor the Whip 31 about blacks.

He slipped out from under a previous case on a technicality . He advised an out-of-court settlement. Before bringing Somerset's case to a decision he actually advised the planters to appeal to Parliament for legislation. He finally did not issue a decision on the broader question of English soil at all but on the narrower one of whether habeas corpus applied to the forcible transportation of blacks from England. " Historians have concluded as a result that some contemporary commentators were right; that Mansfield had not abolished the slave status in England at all.

Very few individuals actually understood or experienced the full range of human relationships embodied in the Atlantic economies. " None of the beneficiaries of such an extended system, from enslavers in the African interior to consumers in Britain, had to look at the system comprehensively and personally . The slave merchants of Africa were apparently unconcerned with the alterations of lives produced by their exchanges. The European merchants and planters received a group of captives and judicial offenders who were simply offered to them for sale in indiscriminate lots.

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