"... well-researched and argued book, and a major contribution to the study of British history and West Indian slavery in the first half of the nineteenth century."
Stanley Engerman, Journal of Economic History
"... well-researched and insightful book ..."
Christopher Clark, American Historical Review
"... Draper's book is a vital reminder not only of the importance of slavery to British social history through the 1830's but also of the impact of slave emancipation as a force for political innovation and reform in British society during the age of abolition."
David Richardson, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"Draper's book is insightful, engaging, and finely nuanced."
Kevin Grant, Journal of Modern History
"Nicholas Draper's award-winning book is well researched, heavily annotated, and handsomely illustrated."
John David Smith, Canadian Journal of History
"Draper has written an outstandingly good and important work."
"This book is a valuable contribution to emancipation studies, and most appropriate for upper-level undergraduate or graduate-level courses."
The New West Indian Guide
Challenging conventional narratives of abolitionist Britain, this book, provides a comprehensive analysis of the extent and importance of absentee slave-ownership and its impact on British society by drawing on the records of the Commissioners of Slave Compensation, who were responsible for distributing compensation to slave-owners when slavery was abolished.