2007年3月是200th大英帝国废除奴隶贸易议会周年。The ‘celebration' of the abolition was controversial for several reasons.作为一个学生，我们被教导威廉·威尔伯福斯是“国家的良知”，他为所有人的利益改革了帝国最糟糕的暴行。我们对政治一无所知，economics or military aspects of the trade in human flesh that filled both the coffers of the British ruling class and stimulated industrial capitalism.As for the slaves themselves they hardly entered the debate and if they did it was only as cowed,brutalised victims in shackles on crowded ships.这段历史就是这样教给我们的，why we know who Wilberforce is,why we don't know whoThomas Clarkson,Olaudah Equiano和Samuel Sharpeare and why our city still celebrates the slave traders with statues and by and large refuses to acknowledge either the slaves or the abolitionists.
2006年5月，一群知识分子和学者在布里斯托尔就“布里斯托尔应该为奴隶制道歉金博宝亚洲体育”的问题进行了辩论。The next evening HTV news reported the event and the result of a poll of the audience showing 90% in favour of an apology by ‘金博宝亚洲体育Bristol'.HTV gleefully replied with their own street poll of ‘ordinary 金博宝亚洲体育Bristolians' that showed 90% were against an apology.许多受访者说得很对，“我为什么要道歉，what have I got to do with it now?'.
The only physical thing that lives on from the millions of hours of forced labour of the slaves is the land and property purchased by the organisers and instigators of the plantation/slave system.The descendents of these slave-trading families are still benefiting from this.At the time 金博宝亚洲体育Bristolians were not equal in either their complicity or the benefits they received from the trade.Many were themselves trapped in forced labour whether as impressed sailors,transported criminals,indentured servants or simply economically in the bondage of wage labour.In any case only 5% of the male adult population had the vote.So clearly not everybody was equally responsible.So who should be apologising for what?Of course,if the question had been ‘Should the Society of Merchant Venturers apologise for slavery?' there would probably be a quite different response.It's about time we challenged the idea that all 金博宝亚洲体育Bristolians were equal in their complicity.
- The Slaves Who Abolished Slavery: the impact of the numerous slave revolts in the Caribbean on the end of the slave trade and slavery itself.
- The ‘British' History Of The Abolition: the politics of the ‘official' history of slavery and its abolition.
- The Black Radical Abolitionists: A new reading of Olaudah Equiano's ‘Interesting Narrative' and discovering black revolutionaries of the British abolitionist movement.
- 金博宝亚洲体育Bristol And The Plantation/Slave System: Discover the links between the vast profits made by slave owning families and the rise of industry in Bristol.
我们还主持了一些电影，history walks and a gig or two as well.
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