|About the Book|
This is an updated version of the paperback book which was published to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade in 2007.This book is unique in focusing not on the slave trade itself, but the wider context of the trade, and sites linked to it. Whilst early explorers are widely demonised for making it possible to enslave Africans, their accounts were often later used to advance the cause of abolition. The African slave trade is often seen as one based on race and colour, but it is impossible to view the trade without also considering the conditions of the British poor, in particular, the transportation of prisoners to the colonies which happened at the same time.The book also looks at people involved in the long abolition campaign, not just here, but abroad, and their roles in other human rights campaigns. The book also looks at the role of women in abolition, and how the campaign helped lead to later campaigns.The walking trail begins in the centre of the city, winds round the old town, then heads into the southern parishes, returns to The Centre and the university precinct, visiting a wide range of sites with many different associations to the slave trade, its abolition, and other human rights causes.The book has three sections:- an introduction/overview,- a map of the walking trail,- the trail itself with clear directions of the route and a wide variety of sites and people associated with them.