Enslaved Woman and Black Driver, British West Indies, 1826


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JCB_69-1068-3

Source
Female Society for Birmingham, West-Bromwich . . . and Their Respective Neighborhoods, for the Relief of British Negro Slaves, The second report of the Female Society for Birmingham, West-Bromwich . . . and Their Respective Neighborhoods, . . . for the Relief of British Negro Slaves, established, 1825 (Birmingham, 1826). (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)

Comments
One of several artist-created illustrations not uncommonly reproduced in the British antislavery/emancipationist literature of the period. The scene is a West Indian island, a black woman with a small child on her lap (left), and a black driver with a whip (right); in the background a group of slaves working under the whip.The poem extract underneath, "The driver's whip unfolds its torturing evil...", may have been taken from a poem by William Cowper (deceased 1800), the celebrated English poet, who had lent his support to the British movement against the slave trade in the late eighteenth century, and was author of the famous poem used by this movement, "The Negro's Complaint." See also images JCB_69-1068-1 and JCB_69-1068-2.