by Marika Sherwood - £22.50 I B Tauris & Co Ltd (2007)
hardback ISBN 13: 9781845113650 | ISBN 10: 1845113659
With the abolition of the slave trade in 1807 and the Emancipation Act of 1833, Britain washed its hands of slavery. Not so, according to Marika Sherwood, who sets the record straight in this provocative new book.
In fact, Sherwood demonstrates that Britain continued to contribute to and profit from the slave trade well after 1807, even into the twentieth century. Drawing on government documents and contemporary reports as well as published sources, she describes how slavery remained very much a part of British investment, commerce and empire, especially in funding and supplying goods for the trade in slaves and in the use of slave-grown produce. She also examines some of the causes and repercussions of continued British involvement in slavery and describes many of the shady characters, as well as the heroes, connected with the trade - at all levels of society.
After Abolition contains important revelations about a darker side of British history which will provoke real questions about Britain's perceptions of its past.
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