On 22 June 2021 – ‘Windrush Day’ – Matrix hosted an online commemorative seminar about the historic, but rarely discussed case of Somerset v Stewart.
Matthew Ryder QC of Matrix, and Alexandra Wilson of 5 St Andrews Hill, discussed the detail and importance of the case; what it means to them as British barristers of Caribbean heritage, why it is often overlooked by legal historians; and its importance in a modern context legally, politically and culturally.
On the Somerset Case:
- Report of Somerset v Stewart (22 June 1772) http://www.commonlii.org/int/cases/EngR/1772/57.pdf
- ‘Black and British’ by David Olusoga; Picador Books (2016)
- ‘Somerset: Lord Mansfield and the Legitimacy of Slavery in the Anglo-American World’ – William Wiecek, University of Chicago (1974) https://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3831&context=uclrev
- ‘Rough Crossings’ by Simon Sharma; Vintage Books (2009)
- ‘Though the Heavens May Fall’ by Steven M. Wise; De Capo Press (2006)
More Generally (and mentioned in the talk):
- ‘Children of Uncertain Fortune: Mixed Race Jamaicans in Britain and the Atlantic Family, 1733 – 1833’ by Daniel Livesay; UNC Press (2018)
- ‘In Black and White: A Young Barrister’s Story of Race and Class in a Broken Justice System’ by Alexandra Wilson; Endeavour Books (2020)
- ‘The Windrush Betrayal’ by Amelia Gentleman; Guardian Faber Publishing 2019