Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 March 2007

208 Pages | 20 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719066658

Bookseller Code (06)


Chords of freedom

Commemoration, ritual and British transatlantic slavery

J. R. Oldfield

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Sets the forthcoming celebrations of the abolition of the slave trade (2007) in historical context and, in doing so, locates the place of transatlantic slavery in Britain's collective memory Analyzes the construction of public images of figures like William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarkson, and how those images have been revised and amended to reflect the changing demands of a series of 'present days' Examines the history of commemorative practices (e.g. memorials, rituals, exhibitions in galleries and museums) surrounding British transatlantic slavery from the nineteenth century to the present day Examines how Britain's example in abolishing first the slave trade (1807) and then British colonial slavery (1833-34) impacted on the American anti-slavery movement, and served as a convenient symbol of the potential of freedom in the British West Indies