British Slave-Ownership

Slavery infiltrated diverse and seemingly disconnected areas of British society in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Please read this article by Dr. Katie Donington, one of the course educators. It explores how the rush to commemorate British abolition and the urge to forget a less than noble chapter in British history has obscured the ways in which slavery impacted on the social, political, economic and cultural landscape of Britain, both during the period of transatlantic slavery and beyond.

Katie also discusses a new open access database, on which she worked previously at another university, that sheds light on the sheer scope of British people who claimed ownership of the enslaved in 1833.

After reading the article, tell us in the comments what you think about its idea of historical repair – that acknowledging the history of slavery is part of the process of achieving reconciliation. Then in the next step, we will explore the new database that Katie discusses.

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This article is from the free online course:

Ending Slavery: Strategies for Contemporary Global Abolition

The University of Nottingham