Our season began with a packed room for Dr Ryan Hanley’s talk on the links between working class radicalism and the Slave trade debate.

•’We shall not be slaves’ was the refrain at Peterloo but what was the attitude of the British ‘working class’ to the slave trade and (after 1807) slavery? Dr Hanley showed how the abolition movement tried to distance itself from ‘French’ inspired radicalism and how the pro Slavery movement tried to shift attention from the slaves in the West Indies to the plight of the poor in Britain.

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