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Britain's History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery$
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Katie Donington, Ryan Hanley, and Jessica Moody

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382776

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382776.001.0001

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Local Roots/Global Routes

Local Roots/Global Routes

Slavery, Memory and Identity in Hackney

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Britain's History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery

Katie Donington

Liverpool University Press

This chapter uses a local lens to challenge, nuance and expand the national narrative of Britain’s involvement with both slavery and abolition. Based on research undertaken as part of a public engagement partnership between the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project and Hackney Museum and Archives, this chapter details the area’s complex and contradictory local histories of participation, abolitionism, resistance and emancipation. It explores the ways in which the different communities that make up the London Borough of Hackney, both in the past and in the present, have been shaped by their experiences of slavery and its legacies. It argues that in bringing slavery home, in telling stories about the past that connect the local to the global, we can reintegrate these histories into the national narrative creating a space to think critically about what it means and what it meant to be British.

Keywords:   Hackney, Local history, African presence, Slave ownership, Memory, Museums, Women, Archives, Identity

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