Reflections on the Bicentennial of the Abolition of the British Slave Trade

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January 2008


In March 2007, I visited the United Kingdom to present two conference papers on black abolitionists in the Atlantic world. Both talks drew upon my recently published book Rites of August First: Emancipation Day in the Black Atlantic World (2007). I also planned to use this trip to evaluate bicentennial commemorations of the abolition of the British slave trade.


Ending the Transatlantic Slave Trade: Bicentennial Research, Reflections, and Commemorations