41 minutes | Jun 16, 2021

Episode 6 - We are what we buy, with Dr Bronwen Everill

In this episode we join the dots on the global story of abolition with Dr Bronwen Everill, 1973 lecturer in History at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Why was the Cambridge connection so central to those campaigning to end the slave trade in Britain? What did these abolitionists have in common with those in West Africa and in the United States? What was the product that both drove slavery and helped early ethical consumers do their bit for the abolitionist cause? And how do we acknowledge the different types of ‘labour’ that make an academic life possible today? Learn more: Bronwen Everill's book 'Not Made By Slaves: Ethical Capitalism in the Age of Abolition' is available here and in all good bookshops: https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674240988 Hear Bronwen Everill talking further about the Zong massacre on BBC Radio 4. BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, The Zong Massacre: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000pqbz Read Bronwen Everill's blog article about buying ethically, and its limitations "Shopping for Racial Justice" (https://harvardpress.typepad.com/hup_publicity/2020/06/shopping-for-racial-justice.html) and her research during her CRASSH fellowship here: - a journal article in History of Science (https://doi.org/10.1177/0073275320945117) on Freetown, Sierra Leone, as a ship-building and repair hub in the nineteenth century - and an African Economic History working paper on measuring the standard of living in nineteenth century Freetown (https://www.aehnetwork.org/working-papers/on-the-freetown-waterfront-household-income-and-informal-wage-labour-in-a-nineteenth-century-port-city/) The plaque to Anna Maria Vassa, discussed at the beginning of this episode, can be found at St Andrew's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge: https://www.standrews-chesterton.org/ St Andrew's Church, Chesterton's Wikipedia entry which discusses the plaqu: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Andrew%27s_Church,_Chesterton
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