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Monday, August 24, 2015

Legacies of British Slave-ownership

de bene esse: literally, of well-being, morally acceptable but subject to future validation or exception

A database of 46000 slaveholders in Great Britain of the year 1834 outlines their compensation for slaves lost because of the Abolition. Most lived in Britain, but also in Jamaica, Barbados and other British colonies. The slaves worked largely in the Caribbean. There is, for instance, the family Palache - represented by Mordecai (Kingston, Jamaica) and Abraham (St. Elisabeth, Jamaica), who had 4 and 1 slave(s) respectively. They received handsome compensations for the slaves in their possession.
Legacies of British Slave-ownership is the umbrella for two projects based at UCL tracing the impact of slave-ownership on the formation of modern Britain: the ESRC-funded Legacies of British Slave-ownership project, now complete, and the ESRC and AHRC-funded Structure and significance of British Ca…

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