Whose voices were centered and preserved during the Romantic age? Whose were erased and silenced? Who gets to (re)write history? These are the important questions Granville Sharp’s Uncovered Letter and the Zong Massacre asks of its readers. Michelle Faubert’s accidental discovery in May 2015 of Granville Sharp’s two-part manuscript missive addressed to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty at the British Library (BL) fueled her impassioned commitment to tell the story of the trials and tribulations of those seeking justice and an end to slavery. As we mark the tragedy of the Zong Massacre’s 240-year anniversary, Faubert’s research into the fate and subsequent silencing of the facts surrounding the horrific day 132 enslaved Africans were thrown overboard to their deaths serves as an invitation to (re)see the emergence of the abolitionist movement in Britain.

The introduction discusses the discovery of Sharp’s letter, including Faubert’s awareness of its rarity, and provides...

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