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From Anti-Slavery to Empire
Wed 22 March 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT
A discussion about the heritage of anti-slavery campaigning.
Campaigns to abolish slavery throughout the British Empire were fought and won in the early decades of the nineteenth century. After 1833, campaigners turned to the wider world and the goal of universal emancipation.
This event brings together the authors of two important books about British anti-slavery efforts, Richard Huzzey and James Heartfield, to discuss what happened next and how anti-slavery campaigns existed within, interacted with, and often reinforced the cause of Empire.
Where does the post-emancipation period fit into our broader historical understanding of anti-slavery campaigning? How can we understand contemporary efforts to end the global trade in human lives in the context of this rich and complicated history?
Open discussion; all welcome! Admission is free, please contact Dr Cheryl Hudson for more information email@example.com
James Heartfield is a writer and lecturer. He has published widely on the history of international politics and the British Empire. He is the author of The Aborigines’ Protection Society (Hurst, 2011) and The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society(Hurst, 2016)
Richard Huzzey is Senior Lecturer in modern British and imperial history at Durham University. His publications include Freedom Burning: Anti-Slavery and Empire in Victorian Britain in 2012 and he is currently working on a new history of the abolition of the slave trade and slavery within the British Empire.