on 1 January 2014
Let me start by saying that this is a fantastic read, well written, researched and easy to read. For anyone looking to understand the big picture of slavery in the British empire and what led to its demise there is no better book than Bury the Chains. You learn about the key figures in the abolition movement such as Thomas Clarkson, Granville Sharpe, William Wilberforce, Olaudah Equiano and many more who often fail to get the recognition they deserve. You read about the importance of a large-scale women's abolition movement, the importance of the immobilization of the working class and the best arguments used by those who wanted the gravy train of slavery to continue.
The popular reader will find this book enjoyable whilst the academic will find a wealth of well documented sources for further investigation in the footnotes. You will do well to find anything better on the subject and especially one that is so pleasant to read.
on 7 March 2014
I love to find history written in a readable way, so that you can really feel what went on, and also know that you are being given an accurate picture of the past and the people involved. I'm not saying it's an easy read, but it is a brilliant read, and it also helped me to know the story of my ancestors.