Friday, January 18, 2008

Dr. Brycchan Carey: Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780) Was A 'House Slave'

On January 16, 2008 AfriClassical posted “Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780): From African Slave to Composer & Author”. At the time of publication we were unable to consult the leading Sancho scholar, Dr. Brycchan Carey of Britain's Kingston University. He has since concurred with our conclusion that the young Ignatius Sancho was a 'house slave':

You are quite right in your assessment of Sancho as being a 'house slave'. I think (although I wrote the article several years ago) that the reason I didn't use that phrase is because it is rarely used in the British metropolitan context since there were no 'plantation slaves' to contrast with 'house slaves'. However, were I to write that article today, I would probably spell out more clearly than I did then that Sancho was indeed a slave in the early part of his life.”


We appreciate Dr. Carey's reply to our inquiry. Ignatius Sancho is profiled at

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