Publication Date: September 2004
Out of Slavery tells the story of black British Caribbean people and their journey from Africa to Britain. In recent years, the slave trade and related topics have attracted a great deal of interest amongst historical researchers and there are many excellent scholarly works on the subject. This book, however, is not an academic work, but it draws on recent research and primary source material to offer a clear and accessible overview – not only of the transatlantic slave trade, but of the whole story so far, from its beginnings in Africa to the post-war immigration and race riots of the last century.
Why this book?
Through telling the story, Out of Slavery examines the deep connections between Britain, Africa and the Caribbean and explores some of the important issues, such as:
- The economic and social conditions that led to the establishment of the slave trade.
- How ordinary white people were able to accept slavery as a way of life for so long.
- How people were able to treat people of another race with such contempt and cruelty.
- The effects of slavery on subsequent generations of African–Caribbeans.
- Patterns that persist in relationship between white British and black British people.
It is an aim of this book to increase understanding of the present through an awareness of the past. When the events of the past are read with honesty, the future can be faced with more hope.
“The historical events described here should be included in the education of all British citizens.”
Who is it for?
Primarily Out of Slavery will be of interest to history and citizenship teachers, but gives a valuable insight for anyone working with children of black Caribbean origins. This is a resource for all schools and all educators.
National Curriculum Links
In the classroom, Out of Slavery supports the National Curriculum for History, and is especially relevant to the Core Study Unit Britain 1750–1900 at Key Stage 3. It includes many textual and visual sources, as well as questions and suggestions for further research that will encourage students to reflect on the wider issues and implications. Some sections will also be relevant to topics within English, PSHE and citizenship.