Monticello and the Legacies of Slavery

5:30pm - 7:30pm / Saturday 2nd November 2019 / Venue: Victoria Gallery & Museum
Type: Lecture / Category: Department / Series: Centre for the Study of International Slavery
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Monticello and the Legacies of Slavery with Leslie Greene Bowman (President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation)


Legacies Project (video presentation): Dr Nicholas Draper (University College London) in conversation with Professor Trevor Burnard (University of Hull)

Introduction: Professor Catherine Hall (University College London)

Dr Nicholas Draper is the outgoing director of the Legacies of British Slave-holding Project. This prize winning and paradigm-busting project details the manifold and multiple links between British life in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the institution of Atlantic slavery.

The Legacies of British Slave-holding project has been central to establishing an uncomfortable truth about all aspects of British life in theses centuries -from business to politics to cultural institutions - which is that Britons of all kinds are imbricated in profits drawn from the Atlantic slave trade and British slavery in the Caribbean.

In this interview, conducted by Professor Trevor Burnard and with a video edited by Eleanor Burnard, Nick Draper expands, as both a scholar and also as a person who was previously heavily involved in high finance as head of J.P. Morgan's merger and acquisition team in Europe, upon the Legacies of British Slave- holding project - its successes and failures; it connection with the zeitgeist; and the ways in which it has contributed to widening public understanding of the centrality of slavery to the socal, cultural, economic and political life of Britain over several centuries.

A drinks reception will take place from 5.30pm before the Keynote and the Keynote will begin at 6.30pm.

This is one of the Keynote events of the 'The 75th Anniversary of Eric Williams’ Capitalism & Slavery' Conference hosted by the Centre for the Study of International Slavery in Liverpool 1-3 November 2019.