Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

3/10/2006

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The news that the British government is considering whether to apologise for its role in transatlantic slavery is casting the spotlight back over the countries and institutions that got rich off the back of the cruel trade in people. A conservative estimate puts at 12 million the number of African men, women and children who may have been forced into slavery. The trade in people and the reform movements that eventually brought it to an end have wide curriculum relevance. The more so given the subjects’ topicality, with Black History Month in progress and the imminent 200th anniversary of the trade’s abolition in the British empire.

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