A new term inadvertently changed the way people thought about runaway slaves.
Slavery & Abolition
John Brown, the abolitionist firebrand, remains a potent figure in the United States’ febrile politics of race.
Indigenous peoples in the West of the United States continued to be held in bondage long after the abolition of plantation slavery in the South.
A culture war on race and empire divided the intellectual classes of Victorian Britain.
The anniversary of the abolition of slavery reminds us how visible the memory of Britain’s slave trade remains.
Europeans did not introduce slavery to North America – although they did change the way it was practised.
The Dutch role in the slave trade cannot be dismissed as a matter of numbers.
Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid’s artworks fill in the gaps that history leaves behind.
Fiercely independent, highly skilled sailors, the Kroomen of Sierra Leone forged an alliance with the Royal Navy to rid the African coasts of slavers.
As calls for women’s suffrage gained momentum following the American Civil War, an uncomfortable racial fault-line began to emerge within the movement, argues Jad Adams.