'Importing Negroe Servants'


The writer of this magazine article objects to colonists bringing back enslaved people to work as servants - because once they are in England, the slaves consider themselves free, will not accept 'inequality of treatment', and are 'generally sullen, spiteful, treacherous, and revengeful'. He also complains that 'the number of slaves 'in this metropolis only' is 'supposed to be near 20,000'.

This brief article illustrates the problems relating to many sources for Black history. Written as propaganda, and abusive to Black people, it nevertheless gives a useful indication of current trends and attitudes.

Gentleman's Magazine, October 1764, p. 493

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