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Michael Taylor ~ How and why the British defended slavery

17 October, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
Zoom Webinar

For two hundred years, the abolition of slavery in Britain has been a cause for self-congratulation – but no longer! When the Anti-Slavery Society was founded in 1823, it was confronted by a formidable lobby  comprising slaveholders, merchants, politicians, journalists and intellectuals. This talk explores the ferocious campaign of the British pro-slavery lobby to preserve the institution of colonial slavery – even, in 1833,  securing £20m in compensation for the slaveholders.

Michael will be interviewed by George Cochrane

Michael is the author of The Interest: How the British Establishment Resisted the Abolition of Slavery

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING

A DAILY TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR

‘A critical piece of history and a devastating exposé’ Shashi Tharoor, author of Inglorious Empire

‘Thoroughly researched and potent’ David Lammy MP

‘Essential reading’ Simon Sebag Montefiore

Twitter is @M_H_Taylor

This session is presented in association with the North-East Labour History Society. More information is available here