History and Legacy
Go more deeply into the history of human exploitation, reform and ongoing legacy in the articles below.
EXPLOITATION - A brief overview of the history of trans-atlantic slavery and the conditions of working people during the Industrial Revolution. more...
REFORM - The work of Wilberforce and others to end the slave trade and give stimulus to industrial reform in the UK; the role of the often forgotten black abolitionists such as Douglass, Garnett and Delany. more...
LEGACY - How the life experience of oppressed people 200 years ago has been passed down the generations to contemporary society. more...
“In my long experience of living and working in the communities of inner-city areas of London, it seems clear to me that it is the mindset associated with the legacy of slavery (black and white) that is at the root of the social issues that led to the Tottenham riots of 2011 which spread to other areas of similar social deprivation. Unless the root causes of these social issues and their links with the legacy of slavery are recognised and faced by society, the day will come when we will see a repeat of the Tottenham riots in our inner-city areas. In times of economic austerity that day may be sooner than we expect”.