I’m reading Adam Hochschild’s excellent history of the abolition movement, Bury the Chains. I’ll post more in the future but there are lots of interesting tidbits on people, institutions and economic history. Debates about who should pay for incoming cell phone calls, for example, are nothing new.
Reverend James Ramsay was an outspoken critic of the slave system and was attacked in a variety of ways by the sugar plantation owners, including this:
His enemies sent him packages of stones from the West Indies, because under the prevailing postal system, charges were paid by the recipient.