Three Fingered Jack (1)
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Jack's story was introduced to the British public through a section of a book by Dr Benjamin Moseley, A Treatise on Sugar, published in 1799, which describes Jack’s use of ‘obi’ to maintain his power. Moseley’s account of Three-Fingered Jack inspired the very successful stage pantomime Obi, or Three Finger’d Jack, which first played at the London Haymarket Theatre in 1800. Two novels based on the story were published that same year, and the story was then told and retold through further pantomimes, theatrical productions, chap books, juvenile literature, novels and other cultural productions. Jack’s use of obeah formed a significant element in most of these retellings. Stories and dramas of Jack's life and death were issued over the next decades in Britain and helped to form opinion about slavery for British readers and theatre-goers just at a time when the abolition of the British Atlantic slave trade and of British colonial slavery were taking place. In 1800, when interest in Three-Fingered Jack was at its height, the focus was abolishing the slave trade rather than emancipation, and the revolution in Haiti was being closely watched to see how former slaves would behave as free people. However, by 1830, the year of the first performance of the melodrama based on Jack's life, the slave trade was abolished twenty years past, and focus shifted to emancipation, culminating in the Emancipation Act in 1833.