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Slavery


The crimes of Captain Kimber

The crimes of Captain Kimber In 1791 an atrocity so hideous occurred on a slave ship in the Atlantic that its captain was brought to a British court. The verdict was a damning indictment of both the ruling class and the way it got its riches

Carlota Lucumi—when Spanish slave owners cowered in fear

Carlota Lucumi—when Spanish slave owners cowered in fear Waves of rebellions—from on ships to at plantations—were central to ending slavery.

Hamilton is entertaining—but seriously dodgy history

Hamilton is entertaining—but seriously dodgy history Antony Hamilton weighs in on Alexander Hamilton

How blood of slavery fed profit system

How blood of slavery fed profit system Defenders of slavers’ statues warn that ­tearing them down amounts to an attempt to “erase” Britain’s history. On the surface of it, many of them pretend this is about keeping the legacy of slavery visible, not hiding it away. 

Race—a capitalist invention

Race—a capitalist invention Scientists are struggling to understand how Covid-19 affects people differently. Socialist Worker shows that the construct of race has more basis in exploitation than biology

A brilliant story of slavery, memories and freedom

A brilliant story of slavery, memories and freedom The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates combines powerful descriptions of slavery with a pacey plot and strong characters, writes?Sadie Robinson

Why there’s nothing funny about using blackface

26 February 2019
Recently the Gucci luxury fashion brand produced a jumper which, when pulled over the wearer’s lower head, looks like blackface.

Jamaica - a history of racism and revolt

10 February 2019
Mass deportations to Jamaica follow a long line of racist attacks on people of Caribbean descent—but that history also shows that people always resist, writes Nick Clark

Alexander Hamilton—an enemy of the working class

02 January 2018
As the hit musical gets rave reviews in the West End, Anthony Hamilton looks at the truth behind the other Hamilton—a racist and a capitalist class fighter

Border controls mean slavery and death

24 October 2017
Tuesday marked one year since the demolition of the “jungle” refugee camp by cops in Calais.And one year on the refugee crisis is as bad as ever.

Capitalism—a system born of slavery

14 March 2017
People across the political spectrum acknowledge that racism exists, but its origins are shrouded in mystery—deliberately so.

Two hundred years since the heroic Barbados slave rebellion

24 April 2016
 April 2016 marks the centenary of the Easter Rising in Dublin. But this month also marks the bicentenary of an earlier and less well known heroic “Easter rising” - by slaves in Barbados in 1816.

More than arms—Britain's link with Saudi Arabia's despotic ruling family

20 October 2015
Saudi Arabia is notorious for its human rights abuses, its treatment of women and migrant workers. Yet it enjoys a cosy relationship with Britain’s rulers. Dave Sewell explains why

An empire bathed in blood: when Britannia ruled the waves

23 September 2014
In a desperate bid to head off a Scottish Yes vote, David Cameron evoked a mythical British Empire that had given democracy to the poor and freedom to the slaves. Here Ken Olende looks back at what life was really like when Britannia ruled the waves

Motley mutinies, popular pirates and slave revolts at sea

16 September 2014
Historian Marcus Rediker spoke to Ken Olende about the struggles that took place aboard the ships of early capitalism

John Brown: he fought for slaves' freedom

06 January 2000
SOME 140 years ago white enemy of slavery John Brown stood in the dock of a Virginia courtroom, knowing that Southern slaveholders were certain to pass the death sentence on him...

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