From the Publisher
This walking guide to central Bristol's slavery and abolition sites is a perfect antidote to the local sport of defaming dead Bristolians. Commedian Dennis Leary once commented that anyone seriously anti drugs should throw away all their music, as the two are inseparable. Unfortunately, modern world is inextricably linked to slavery's role in Georgian trade, industrialisation and empire building. So anyone who truly rejects the legacy of slavery should similarly reject all the trappings of modern life.
This walk is a compact, accessible and easy to understand introduction to this complicated and much misunderstood subject. It is a companion to Barb Drummond's book 'Eyebrows on Fire: Bristol and Abolition'. It was published to celebrate 2007's bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade, and is of ongoing interest.
From the Author
I was asked to produce this by the local tourist office, as no book existed on either slavery or abolition. I wrote it and the more comprehensive 'Eyebrows on Fire: Bristol and Abolition' to celebrate the 2007 bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade, an event which I passionately believe should have been celebrated as the starting point of the many human rights campaigns that have followed. The campaign was the first to develop PR techniques, and many women were involved in it though seldom credited for their roles, so served the starting point of all campaigns that have followed. Unfortunately Bristol's attitude to this anniversary was to highlight the horrors of slavery, rather than to tell the far more interesting story of the times, an age of famine, war and rebellion, when poor English people were being transported to the other side of the world, the beginnings of a certain colony downunder, a detail largely ignored at this time.
Slavery and abolition was not primarily about race, but of abuse of the poor and dispossessed, which is why it continues today, even in this country.