Book cover of Blood Legacy: Reckoning With a Family’s Story of Slavery by Alex Rentonby Alex Renton

Through the story of his own family’s history as slave and plantation owners, Alex Renton looks at how we owe it to the present to understand the legacy of the past. When the transatlantic slave trade was abolished across most of the British Empire in 1833, it was not the newly liberated who received compensation, but the tens of thousands of enslavers who were paid millions of pounds in government money. The descendants of some of those slave owners are among the wealthiest and most powerful people in Britain today.

A group of Caribbean countries is calling on ten European nations to discuss the payment of trillions of dollars for the damage done by transatlantic slavery and its continuing legacy.

Interview with the Author

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The slave trade: a family history
7/21/21        29 min

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Alex Renton: Blood Legacy (1839)
7/20/21        54 min

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403 Alex Renton: My ancestors were slave traders
9/15/21        31 min

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