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The history of slavery in the British Empire
by Catherine Hall
About this EXP
Catherine Hall, Chair of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of Slave-ownership, discusses the rise, fall, and enduring trauma of British slavery
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Key point 1
From the late 17th century onwards, England’s insatiable appetite for sugar drove the plantation economy.
Key point 2
Slave owners controlled all aspects of their captives’ lives, and the separation between mother and child was common practice.
Key point 3
Far from ending with the abolition of slavery, patterns of racialisation have endured to this day.
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