Aug 5th, 2020
The relationship between slave and master. If we go by what we see on screen and in literature, it would appear that’s the only narrative that exists around slavery. But the slave trade was a global phenomenon, connecting countries and continents around the world. The history books are rarely written on a global scale, so inconvenient truths from our past are often unintentionally, and intentionally left out. Professor Vincent Brown is Charles Warren Professor of American History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. In his latest book ‘Tacky’s Revolt’, an account of the largest slave revolt in the eighteenth-century, he unleashes the true scale of the slave war. In this episode he explores our need to dramatise slavery better, the importance of educating students on the global implications of major historical events, and how broadening our knowledge of the past can help us better understand the issues of today.