Answering White People's Questions About Slavery

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Answering White People's Questions About Slavery: The London History Show


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*Sources and further reading*

Two good primers on the transatlantic slave trade as a whole:
Thomas, H. 1997. The Slave Trade: History of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1440-1870.
Walvin, J. 2011. The Slave Trade.

Four books written by actual enslaved people. All are out-of-copyright and available on the internet for free and cheaply in print:
Equiano, O. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano.
Prince, M. The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave.
Sancho, I. Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African.
Wheatley, P. Complete Writings.

Other sources:
The Legacies of British Slave-ownership database:
Letter by Elizabeth I:
National Museums Liverpool. The transatlantic slave trade: Europe.
Runaway Advertisements database:
Newman, S. et al. Runaway Slaves in Britain: “For Sale” Advertisements.
Osguthorpe, C., trans. 1928. William of Malmesbury, The Vita Wulfstani of William of Malmesbury, ed. Reginald R. Darlington
Mtubani, C. D. V. 1983. African Slaves and English Law.
The National Museum of Denmark.  The Abolition of Slavery in 1848.
Ignatius Sancho's voting record:
The Governor of Jamaica's announcement to enslaved people upon abolition:
Indentured servitude:
The "Irish slaves" meme: Hogan, L. 2017. All of my work on the “Irish slaves” meme (2015-’20)
Amend, A. 2016. How the Myth of “Irish slaves” Became a Favorite Meme of Racists Online.
Michael Hoffman: Anti-Defamation League, 2019. Despite YouTube Policy Update, Anti-Semitic, White Supremacist Channels Remain.
The Middle Passage: Rediker, M. 2007. The Slave Ship.
Intra-African Slavery: Nwokeji, G. (2011). Slavery in Non-Islamic West Africa, 1420–1820. In D. Eltis & S. Engerman (Eds.), The Cambridge World History of Slavery (The Cambridge World History of Slavery, pp. 81-110).
Lovejoy, P. (1989). The Impact of the Atlantic Slave Trade on Africa: A Review of the Literature. The Journal of African History, 30(3), 365-394. Retrieved February 7, 2021, from

00:00 Introduction
02:47 What is the Triangle Trade?
07:06 Did we have slaves in the UK?
12:56 Why weren't the plantations in Africa?
14:24 What about all the good stuff Britain did?
21:10 It was normal back then though, right?
22:46 What about the Irish?
28:43 Didn't the Africans enslave their own people?
32:22 Why do you have to keep bringing up old history?