We all still live with the legacies of colonial slavery. This talk will examine British slave-ownership in the Caribbean c. 1763-1833 and the importance of it in the shaping of modern British society.
When slavery was abolished in the British Caribbean in 1833-1838, £20 million was given to around 46,000 people as compensation for the loss of their ‘property’ – the enslaved men, women and children who had been the basis of the slave-based societies in the region and the wealth generated. This talk will examine the slave-owners – one very important means by which the fruits of slavery were transmitted to metropolitan Britain and place them in the context of the wider history of the slavery business and its legacies in Britain.
Speaker: Keith McClelland is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the History department at UCL (University College London). He was co-founder, with Catherine Hall and Nick Draper, of the original Legacies of British Slavery project (2009- ). Although now retired, he continues to work with the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery, especially on maintaining the database and website.
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Last Updated on 16th June 2023 by Dominique