Tag: slavery

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Black Lives Matter and Bristol

This post comes from former student in History at the University of Gloucestershire, Luke Simpson. George Floyd was not the first and he will not be the last black human being to be killed as a result of…

‘The Past is Not Dead’ – Confronting the British Past in the wake of Black Lives Matter

Recent events have really put our discipline on the front pages. The Black Lives Matter protests which have swept across the United States and Europe following the brutal murder of George Floyd, have seen statues of controversial historical…

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The Long Song of Democracy, Freedom and Slavery

This post comes from Dr Catherine Bateson, a lecturer and tutor of US history, specializing in 19th century American history, Civil War history, and Irish American musical culture. She is the Vice Chair of the Scottish Association for the…

On Being White …

Sometimes it feels uncomfortable being white (I can hear black reader/friends/students laughing at this – “you should try black” they might say.)  Viewing  Steve McQueen’s great movie 12 Years a Slave provided just one of those moments for…