Reclaiming History: Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners

In my opinion those businesses and countries that profited from slavery and are flourishing today should pay reparations and balance power in politics and economics for those nations from which slaves came. It will never be enough, but it’s better than barely acknowledging it, denying it and continuing to benefit from the continued subjugation and disempowerment of those nations.

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Yesterday, David Olusoga of BBC Two published a documentary on Britain’s Slave Owners part 1: Profit and Loss. His work was very profound, and was of course very painful, as it dealt with slavery. Here is the synopsis, from BBC Two website:

“In 1834 Britain abolished slavery, a defining and celebrated moment in our national history. What has been largely forgotten is that abolition came at a price. The government of the day took the extraordinary step of compensating the slave owners for loss of their ‘property’, as Britain’s 46,000 slave owners were paid £17bn in today’s money, whilst the slaves received nothing.

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For nearly 200 years, the meticulous records that detail this forgotten story have lain in the archives virtually unexamined – until now. In an exclusive partnership with University College London, historian David Olusoga uncovers Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners…

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