History KS3 / KS4: British slave owners in the 1830s
Historian David Olusoga investigates evidence of British slave ownership in the 1830s, referring to 40,000 owners with over 800,000 slaves in the Caribbean and elsewhere.
The figures are from detailed records of compensation to slave owners paid when slavery was abolished in 1834 across the British Empire.
Olusoga uses the records to demonstrate how widespread and profitable the ownership of slaves was in Britain at the time, linking his analysis by visits to Georgian terraces in parts of London.
This is from the series: Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners
Contains scenes which some younger viewers may find upsetting. Teacher review recommended prior to use in class.
This could supplement study of the abolition of the British slave trade and the abolition of slavery within the British Empire itself.
It could also be used as an example of how a historian makes use of archival evidence to support their case.
It could be used to support the teaching of migration in to and out of Britain.
This clip will be relevant for teaching History at KS3, KS4/GCSE, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland
Also at National 4 and National 5 in Scotland.
This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC, CCEA GCSE and SQA.