Forgetting to heal: remembering the abolition act of 1807

Waterton, E., Smith, L., Wilson, R. and Fouseki, K. (2010) Forgetting to heal: remembering the abolition act of 1807. The European Journal of English Studies, 14 (1). pp. 23-36. ISSN 1382-5577

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This article investigates the cultural memory of the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in Britain. It examines official government responses and considers how these were replicated in popular culture, drawing on the film Amazing Grace. The study highlights the rhetoric employed to distance the past of the transatlantic slave trade from the present, thereby contributing to a process of historical erasure rather than tackling the lingering social and political affects of a traumatic past.

Publication Type: Articles
Uncontrolled Keywords: abolition, collective memory, Wilberforce, Amazing Grace, collective guilt
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities > History
Depositing User: Ross Wilson
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2015 14:46
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2018 11:00

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