London Seminar

Fall 2020 Seminar: Ending slavery: 401 years and counting

Scott Hancock, Department of History & Africana Studies Program

When the first recorded enslaved Africans hit the shores of North America in 1619, it was an English ship that brought them. Over the last four hundred years, much what has shaped the law, economics, politics and culture of both England and what became the United States has been defined by Africans and their descendants. Despite a global consensus about the past evils of slavery and the slave trade, both persist today. This seminar will consider how slavery and the battle against it have evolved from 1619 into the 21st century. London, along with visits to Bristol and/or Liverpool, will help us examine the strategies of people of African descent and of their white allies in past and present anti-slavery campaigns, and evaluate what works and what does not.