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Plotting to Stop the British Slave Trade

James Bruce’s complex life story has often been overlooked or considered trivial in the grand scheme of history. James’ early life was rough, having experienced an unusual amount of tragedy for someone his age. Nevertheless, he persisted until he rose through the ranks. After a position as a British consul to Algiers, he began to plan the biggest achievement of his lifetime; treks to Ethiopia, to discover the source of the Blue Nile. This in and of itself seems like an impressive feat, however as author Jane Aptekar Reeve describes in her book, Plotting to Stop the British Slave Trade, it is theorized that James Bruce had alternative motives for taking this journey. That trying to find the source of the Blue Nile was really a cover story for becoming an abolitionist for the British slave trade.

Powerful and well researched, Plotting to Stop the British Slave Trade, was a wonderful read. You can clearly tell the author did their research thoroughly. The variety of sources used, and the analysis of that research shows that Reeve spent a lot of time developing this theory and backing it up with facts. There is an in-depth analysis over Bruce’s potential anti-slavery views and work that is not commonly seen in biographical contexts. The path that Bruce took in life is detailed in a clear and concise manner that readers can follow. Reeve really makes you admire the work that James Bruce accomplished as well as the way he conducted himself while on this mission.

Plotting to Stop the British Slave Trade: James Bruce and His Secret Mission to Africa is a thought-provoking historical biography. Reeve’s does include a substantial amount of theory in combination with their research. The theories presented are clearly indicated and followed up with facts to support the theories presented. This well-researched biography will appeal to history buffs and those that researching the slave trade from the view point of Africa, particularly the Blue Nile region.

Pages: 650 | ASIN : B08FHTMJMQ

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