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Blood Legacy : Reckoning With a Family's Story of Slavery

Blood Legacy : Reckoning With a Family's Story of Slavery

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Author: Renton, Alex

Humanities

Published on 5 May 2022 by Canongate Books in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 400 pages, Integrated b/w images throughout; Illustrations, unspecified
129 x 197 x 34 | 274g

LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE'An incredible work of scholarship' Sathnam SangheraThrough the story of his own family's history as slave and plantation owners, Alex Renton looks at how we owe it to the present to understand the legacy of the past. When British Caribbean slavery was abolished across most of the British Empire in 1833, it was not the newly liberated who received compensation, but the tens of thousands of enslavers who were paid millions of pounds in government money. The descendants of some of those slave owners are among the wealthiest and most powerful people in Britain today.

Blood Legacy explores what inheritance - political, economic, moral and spiritual - has been passed to the descendants of the slave owners and the descendants of the enslaved. He also asks, crucially, how the former - himself among them - can begin to make reparations for the past.

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