Bury the Chains

Bury the Chains

Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free An Empire's Slaves

Book - 2005
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Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin, c2005
Branch Call Number: 326.8 H685b
Characteristics: viii, 468 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., facsims., plan, ports. ; 24 cm

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IV27HUjg
Nov 09, 2015

Too bad there's not an audio book & read by Morey as in To End all Wars - excellent.

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Lukeinvancouver
Sep 27, 2012

Adam Hochschild is one of the most eminent historians and a great story teller. One regrets
that the book has come to an end, even though Mr. Hochschild just told you about atrocities you previously couldn't have imagined. His historical analysis is woven around the lives of
men and women in one way or another connected to the slave trade. Adam Hochschild puts
"his and her story" in the context of the larger historical dvelopments in the struggle for
human rights. It is history but at times reads like a novel because Adam Hochschild includes
many details about the lives of people even if they are not crucial for the subject, e.g. the
tangled love lives of some people otherwise involved in the fight against slavery.

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suzygill
Sep 12, 2012

A great book. It reads like a novel outlining the long struggle by English reformers like William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarkson to abolish the slave trade in Britain and its colonies.

The slave trade was well entrenched and was a great source of wealth for many in Britain, including some in the Church of England and the abolitionists faced a well resourced and well organised opposition.

The book also sets the struggle into its social and political context within Britain and in France, West Africa and the West Indies.

Slavery of African people was an accepted part of the 17th and 18th Century global economy, yet this brave and determined group were able to overcome great odds.

My only quibble is that it could have contained some maps. Well worth reading and very encouraging.

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mschlosberg
Aug 21, 2012

Recommended by Ruth S

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