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Blood Legacy : Reckoning With a Family's Story of Slavery

Blood Legacy : Reckoning With a Family's Story of Slavery

Publisher : Canongate Books Ltd
SKU: 9781786898890
R 315,00
One man's personal discovery of his family's involvement in transatlantic slavery leads to his call for a wider reckoning among the descendants of slave owners
LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 'An incredible work of scholarship' Sathnam Sanghera Through the story of his own family's history as slave and plantation owners, Alex Renton looks at how we owe it to the present to understand the legacy of the past. When British Caribbean slavery was abolished across most of the British Empire in 1833, it was not the newly liberated who received compensation, but the tens of thousands of enslavers who were paid millions of pounds in government money. The descendants of some of those slave owners are among the wealthiest and most powerful people in Britain today. Blood Legacy explores what inheritance - political, economic, moral and spiritual - has been passed to the descendants of the slave owners and the descendants of the enslaved. He also asks, crucially, how the former - himself among them - can begin to make reparations for the past.
Products specifications
ISBN13 9781786898890
Publisher Canongate Books Ltd
Contributor By (author) Alex Renton
Publication Date 2022-05-05
Language English
Format Paperback / softback
Pages 400
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 198 X 129 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 267
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LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 'An incredible work of scholarship' Sathnam Sanghera Through the story of his own family's history as slave and plantation owners, Alex Renton looks at how we owe it to the present to understand the legacy of the past. When British Caribbean slavery was abolished across most of the British Empire in 1833, it was not the newly liberated who received compensation, but the tens of thousands of enslavers who were paid millions of pounds in government money. The descendants of some of those slave owners are among the wealthiest and most powerful people in Britain today. Blood Legacy explores what inheritance - political, economic, moral and spiritual - has been passed to the descendants of the slave owners and the descendants of the enslaved. He also asks, crucially, how the former - himself among them - can begin to make reparations for the past.
Products specifications
ISBN13 9781786898890
Publisher Canongate Books Ltd
Contributor By (author) Alex Renton
Publication Date 2022-05-05
Language English
Format Paperback / softback
Pages 400
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 198 X 129 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 267
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