How should Reading recognise its connections to the history of people of African descent? (Part 1)

Pam Canning

Lessons 1-3

In discourse on slave-ownership and the impact that it had on Britain, many people assume or believe that the impact of the trade is only significantly centred around port cities that saw a direct connection to the slave trade. This enquiry aims to give students an understanding that slave-ownership has left a significant legacy in Britain, by looking at the history of the connections to slave-ownership of a place not normally associated with that legacy. It is well documented in London, Bristol and Liverpool particularly, but it is the typicality of Reading and the fact that it would never have been assumed to have these connections that demonstrate the legacy of slave-ownership in Britain; if Reading has this history, then everywhere does. 

Lessons 1-3 are below.

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