Published On: Sun, Jul 12th, 2015

The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed

A new BBC documentary tells how a trove of documents lays bare the names of Britain’s 46, 000 slave owners, including relatives of Gladstone and Orwell

Wikipedia African_woman_slave_tradeA cartoon image of the crew of a slave ship torturing a naked,   female slave

 

The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the present. This year history gate-crashed modern America in the form of a 150-year-old document: a few sheets of paper that compelled Hollywood actor Ben Affleck to issue a public apology and forced the highly regarded US public service broadcaster PBS to launch an internal investigation… READ MORE

 

The Guardian, by David Olusoga

 

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