Britain’s Black Debt: Reparations for Caribbean Slavery and Native Genocide lecture by Dr Hilary Beckles

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On Tuesday 26th February 2013, my princess and I attended the lecture of ‘Britain’s Black Debt: Reparations for Caribbean Slavery and Native Genocide’, by Dr Hilary Beckles at the London Metropolitan Archives as part of the International Huntley Symposium. The event was organised by the Friends of the Huntley Archives. I was glad to people from the Black History Studies network at the event.

I have a number of the books by Dr Verene Shepherd and Dr Hilary Beckles in my library so I was excited to hear more about the subject and his new book which he stated took between 3-4 years to complete. Also, I had attended Emancipation, Slave Ownership and the Remaking of the British Imperial World’ Conference last year which was linked to this lecture.

Did you know that when colonial slavery was abolished in 1833, the British government paid £20 million to slave-owners as compensation? The enslaved Africans received nothing. They received nothing as they had no rights to life. Enslaved Africans did not own their bodies or labour and they were the property of others.

The lecture was informative and enlightening. However, the time allocated for the presentation was far too short as I would have loved Dr Beckles to have gone deeper into the arguements raised in his new book regarding reparations. I have ordered the book and can’t wait to read it. Buy your copy from the following link

Another book on the list to get is ‘The Price of Emancipation: Slave-Ownership, Compensation and British Society at the End of Slavery (Cambridge Studies in Economic History – Second Series)’ by Nicholas Draper. Buy your copy from the following link

About blackhistorystudies

Black History Studies is a social enterprise company which operates in the interest of the community by offering courses and events in Adult Education. We aim to empower the African and Caribbean community and enable them to develop self knowledge and identity through Black History and Culture. Black History Studies aim to provide a wide range of courses and activities which will provide people with the opportunity to pursue their interest in Black History and Black Studies. We also aim to provide high quality courses and activities that can be accessed by all within the community. Our mission is to inform, inspire and empower people through Black History and Black Studies by educating the community to educate themselves thereby creating a self-sustaining learning circle. Black History Studies is dedicated to providing you with a high quality and professional service and can offer services such as: - Bespoke services for Secondary Schools - Black History and Black Studies Presentations - Black History Course for Families - 5 week short courses on Black History - Beginners and Advanced Black Studies Courses - Weekend courses on Black History and Black Studies - Museum Tours - Film Screenings - Black History Studies Presentations for hire
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3 Responses to Britain’s Black Debt: Reparations for Caribbean Slavery and Native Genocide lecture by Dr Hilary Beckles

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  3. Henry Morrison says:

    I heard about the book while listening to news talk 93FM. This book is very important to us and I will be getting my copy as soon as possible. Thanks to all.

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