Britain’s Slave Trade Documentary | Timeline

This is the untold story of the greatest slaving nation in history. Up till now, Britain’s place in the history of slavery has been as the country that abolished the international slave trade. Britain’s Slave Trade reveals the shameful truth behind this liberal facade, showing how the economic, social and cultural life of Britain would have been unrecognisable without slavery.

Britain’s Slave Trade explains how a middling European power transformed itself into the ruler of the waves, tracing the impact this had on the British way of life and taking in the Industrial Revolution, the beginnings of Empire and the birth of modern racism along the way. It also unearths startling evidence showing how many families that think of themselves as ‘pure’ English stock are in fact descended from slave ancestors.

Episode 1

Published on Jun 5, 2017

Gold, Silver & Slaves looks at how the business of slavery was a case of slave-trading by complicit Africans, fuelled by the greed of African kings.


Episode 2

Published on Jun 12, 2017

Unfinished Business looks at how Liverpool became the greatest slaving port in human history.


Episode 3

Published on Jun 19, 2017

The Old Corruption challenges the accepted version of the history of abolition, that the passive, suffering slaves were freed by benevolent white crusaders, revealing the corruption of the plantations owners, and how the inhuman treatment of African people was finally acknowledged.


Episode 4

Published on Jun 26, 2017

A message from our ancestors looks at the Caribbean connections of modern Britons and follows some finding surprising facts about their family history.

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