This book is in three parts. The first is an expanded version of the introduction to my book ‘Eyebrows on Fire’ which was published to commemorate the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade, in 2007. It’s a lively dash through many of the issues involved in the campaign and what followed.
The second part is the result of a commission from the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, and one of the best things I’ve done – an extensive list of slavery and abolition related sites in South West England and South Wales. It was intended to convert it into a map, to be distributed free through the tourist information centres during the bicentenary year. It is a surprising mix of sites and incidents – from the richest former slave, to brave officers of the royal navy, to a village celebrating the marriage of an African servant to a local woman. It is designed to challenge the notion that slavery is or was about race, that those who were involved in it were all evil. Nothing in life is black and white, it is all about shades of grey.
The final part of the book is a detailed timeline from medieaval times to the 20th century, of important battles, negotiations, campaigns, and much more, in Britain and the rest of the world.
The battle to abolish the slave trade was the first campaign for human rights. It was also a training ground for women who went on to campaign for human rights. This is an important source for anyone interested in human rights and in history and human behaviour in general.
This is a companion piece to ‘bristol’s Slavery & Abolition: Overview, context &Walking Trail’ also on kindle.
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