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Britain’s role in slavery was not to end it, but to thwart abolition at every turn

Contrary to our view of history, pro-slavery thinking in the 1820s and 30s was the norm, from politicians to monarchs

Boris Johnson has proclaimed that to remove offensive statues – whether of Bristolian slave traders or his own heroes – would be “to edit or censor our past” and…

  • Michael Taylor
  • The Guardian

But when it comes to slavery and abolition, we have been doing that for centuries.

Over the last 10 years, initially as a PhD student then as a lecturer and scholar, I have been researching two political campaigns of the 1820s and 1830s: the first to abolish colonial slavery, the…

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