By Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie
Thirty years earlier than Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, the antislavery move gained its first victory within the British Parliament. On August 1, 1834, the Abolition of Slavery invoice took influence, finishing colonial slavery through the British Empire. Over the subsequent 3 a long time, "August First Day," sometimes called "West India Day" and "Emancipation Day," grew to become an important annual occasion of emancipation between humans of African descent within the northern usa, the British Caribbean, Canada West, and the uk and performed a serious position in renowned mobilization opposed to American slavery. In Rites of August First, J. R. Kerr-Ritchie presents the 1st exact research of the origins, nature, and results of this crucial commemoration that helped to form the age of Anglo-American emancipation.
Combining social, cultural, and political historical past, Kerr-Ritchie discusses the ideological and cultural representations of August First Day in print, oratory, and visible photographs. Spanning the Western hemisphere, Kerr-Ritchie's learn effectively unravels the cultural politics of emancipation celebrations, examining the social practices educated by means of public ritual, image, and spectacle designed to elicit emotions of universal identification between blacks within the Atlantic global. Rites of August First indicates how and why the commemorative occasions replaced among British emancipation and the releasing of slaves within the usa a iteration later, whereas additionally interpreting the connections between neighborhood, neighborhood, and foreign commemorations.
While laying off mild on an immense black establishment that has been lengthy neglected, Rites of August First additionally contributes to the wider learn of emancipation and black Atlantic id. Its transnational process demanding situations neighborhood and nationwide narratives that experience mostly formed prior investigations of those questions. Kerr-Ritchie indicates how tradition and group have been actually political at this crucial historic second and, such a lot commonly, how politics and tradition converge and profoundly impression every one other.