Three continents, one history: Birmingham, the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Caribbean

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    Authors & editors

    Harris, Clive

    Publisher Afro-Caribbean Millennium Centre
    Year of publication 2008 -

    Medium Digital
    Note: Copyright restrictions mean the attachment below only contains part of the publication. The full document is available for inspection at the Mills Archive Research and Education Centre.

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    Scope & content(Part of Introduction)
    in a year in which there has been much endeavour spent in marking the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the slave Trade Act by Britain in 1807, the discussion of African history and culture has invariably been reduced
    to a footnote to the study of slavery and the slave trade and sometimes, more narrowly, to a footnote to the study of abolition. What has often been missing is a systematic and accurate overview of the 447 years of slaving during
    which europe sought to bend the will of Africa to that of europe. Without this overview it seems inconceivable how a debate about legacies can meaningfully take place. in our Three Continents, One History Project, we
    have felt it necessary to deliver a varied programme that places the period of slavery and the slave trade in some historical context. slavery and the slave trade have been defining moments in the experience of Africans on the
    continent and in the diaspora, but African history and culture cannot be contained by this experience.

    Divisions within this publication

    • 1: Introduction
    • 2: Africa before the Slave Trade
    • 3: European Involvement in the Slave Trade
    • 4: The Middle Passage
    • 5: Slavery and Emancipation
    • 6: Resistance
    • 7: The expression of Africa through Jamaican and Black British Music
    • 8: Birmingham’s manufacturing industries and the European Slave Trade
    • 9: West Midlands Regiments and the preservation of the Caribbean slave order
    • 10: Woman to Woman: The Birmingham Female Society for the Relief of British Negro Slaves
    • 11: The Lunar Society in Birmingham and its role in the Abolition of the Slave Trade
    • 12: Black Anti-Slavery Narratives and Transatlantic Identities in Birmingham

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