Slavery & Abolition

The Man who Haunts America

John Brown, the abolitionist firebrand, remains a potent figure in the United States’ febrile politics of race.

America’s Western Problem

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.

Colonial Mentalities

A culture war on race and empire divided the intellectual classes of Victorian Britain.

Slaves and Indians

Europeans did not introduce slavery to North America – although they did change the way it was practised.

Beyond Profit

The Dutch role in the slave trade cannot be dismissed as a matter of numbers.

Kroomen: Black Slaver Hunters

Fiercely independent, highly skilled sailors, the Kroomen of Sierra Leone forged an alliance with the Royal Navy to rid the African coasts of slavers.

Runaway Reading

How did literacy encourage slave rebelliousness after the American War of Independence?