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Books on the fight against the slave trade

Issue No. 2043

Cover of Bury the Chains

Cover of Bury the Chains


  • Bury The Chains: The British Struggle to Abolish Slavery by Adam Hochschild (see Radicals and rebels behind the abolition of slavery).
  • After Abolition: Britain and its slave trade since 1807 by Marika Sherwood (see British companies continued to profit).
  • The Making of New World Slavery and The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery by Robin Blackburn are very good.
  • The Black Jacobins by CLR James is the classic and thrilling work about the Haitian slave rebellion led by Toussaint L’Ouverture.
  • Capitalism and Slavery by Eric Williams is a groundbreaking study of how slavery financed the British Industrial Revolution.
  • Paul Foot’s 1991 talk on the Haitian revolution has been reissued on CD.

These books are available from Bookmarks, the socialist bookshop. Go to www.bookmarks.uk.com or phone 020 7637 1848.


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