In the case of Penny Lane the issue is more uncertain, but it is thought the street bears the name of James Penny, a slaveship
owner who opposed the abolition of slavery.
By engaging the history of slavery through humor in the play's first scene, "Celebrity Slaveship
," Wolfe joins a long line of black writers and artists who have employed satire to political ends, beginning in the nineteenth century and extending through the contemporary moment.
As Citizen envisions himself chained in the hold of a slaveship
, Aunt Ester explains:
1783 John Lee, the UK's solicitor-general, commenting on the Zong Atrocity in which 133 Africans had been flung into the sea from the Liverpool slaveship
, Zong, captained by Luke Collingwood, insists: "This is a case of chattels or goods.
curator of The Henrietta Marie: A Slaveship
The author of the words was Liverpool's surveyor of tides John Newton, the self-proclaimed wretch who once was lost but then was found, the slaveship
master who became a campaigner to end the slave trade.
John Lee, Solicitor-General, UK, commenting in 1783 on the Zong Atrocity in which 133 Africans had been flung into the sea from the Liverpool slaveship
, Zong, captained by Luke Collingwood:
Some of the highlights of this section include its introduction of the fact that the slaveship
captains were often elevated to a higher social status after having made great profits in the slave trade and its revelation that "the long march," the transportation of African captives from the inland to the coast, "became the first of several life-threatening migrations for the African captives" well before they had to face the ordeal of the Middle Passage.
John begins his meditation on slavery in the voices of the African cargo of a slaveship
, but writes most of the poem in the voice of the ship's captain, John Newton, whose conversion led him to write the great hymn "Amazing Grace.
The questions of responsibility and choice that surround Sethe's story of love and murder extend to Beloved's memory of the slaveship
and to the act of suicide that emerges amid spatial gaps and signs.
Franklin; What The Wine Sellers Buy and Checkmates, both by Ron Milner; The Taking of Miss Janie and other plays by Ed Bullins; Slaveship
by Amiri Baraka; for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf by ntozake shange; The Dance and the Railroad by David Henry Hwang; Champeen by Melvin Van Peebles; and Mr.
I was bold enough to try to change things and came up with a program called "From Slaveship