History KS3 / KS4: The social and economic impact of slave ownership on British society

Historian David Olusoga investigates the impact of slave ownership on British society, including its social and economic consequences.

He traces how the wealth of returning slave owners in the mid-18th Century paid for monumental country estates and sometimes elevation to the British aristocracy.

To demonstrate his point, Olusoga tours Harewood House in Yorkshire and interviews the present Earl of Harewood about his 18th Century slave-owning ancestors.

Olusoga uses records of compensation to slave owners to claim that British national interests and those of slave owners were often aligned.

This is from the series: Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners

Teacher Notes

This could supplement study of the abolition of the British slave trade and the abolition of slavery within the British Empire itself.

The tour of Harewood House and the interview with the present Lord Harewood could be linked to the issue of whether Britain should pay reparations for its past involvement in slavery.

This could be used to support the teaching of migration in to and out of Britain.

Curriculum Notes

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.

More from the series: Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners

How British slave owners fought for compensation
The Barbados Slave Code
Why British slave owners opposed Abolition
British slave owners in the 1830s