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12 Years a Slave on BBC History Extra

Dr Christer Petley, editor of the Slavery and Revolution website, answers questions on slavery and on the new movie, 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen and based on the narrative of Solomon Northup. Click here for the ’60-second guide’. Northup was a free man born in New York in 1808 who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841 before reclaiming his freedom in 1853. Read his story, the basis for the film, here: http://docsouth.unc.edu/fpn/northup/northup. Continue reading →

Student Essays about S&R Letters

This month, students in History at the University of Southampton, on the Year 2 Option Module, The British Atlantic World, have been using the letters to frame seminar discussions. Students have brought excerpts of the letters to class, relating these to their wider reading on related topics like the transformation of the British empire and the fall of the planter class. Continue reading →