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Bristol Radical History Week 2006

  Mike Manson

Date: Tuesday 31st October
Time: 7.30 pm - 11.00 pm
Price: Donation
Venue: The Spy Glass, Welsh Back
Speakers: Chris Brian, Edson Burton, Richard Hart
Form: Lecture/debate

West Country Slavery (700-1150) - Chris Brian

Slavery in England is little known about, neither is the fact that in medieval times the West Country had a very high proportion of it's population enslaved. The talk highlights West Country slavery, including the early establishment of Bristol as a slave trading post. It also explores who was likely to become a slave in medieval England, and asks what were the conditions like for these slaves, compared to other slave cultures.

Slave Revolts - Edson Burton

The abolition of the transatlantic slave trade in 1807 has often been conceived as a gift by the British abolitionists to the enslaved Africans. However, the frequency and effectiveness of slave revolts suggest that acts of self liberation were equally important. This paper will argue that revolts and parliamentary abolition have to be seen in tandem.

Slaves Who Abolished Slavery - Richard Hart

Richard explores the impact of Jamaican slave revolts on the British slave trade in the 18th and 19th centuries. This resistance would play a major part in the abolition of the slave trade.

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