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Bury the Chains

Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: History, European
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From the author of the widely acclaimed King Leopold's Ghost comes the taut, gripping account of one of the most brilliantly organized social justice campaigns in history - the fight to free the slaves of the British Empire.

In early 1787, 12 men - a printer, a lawyer, a clergyman, and others united by their hatred of slavery - came together in a London printing shop and began a remarkable grass-roots movement, battling for the rights of people on another continent. Masterfully stoking public opinion, the movement's leaders pioneered a variety of techniques that have been adopted by citizens' movements ever since, from consumer boycotts to wall posters and lapel buttons to celebrity endorsements.

A deft chronicle of this groundbreaking antislavery crusade and its powerful enemies, Bury the Chains gives a little-celebrated human rights watershed its due at last.

©2005 Adam Hochschild (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Carl Thompson
  • 06-01-19

Great Eye-Opener

As an African-American I thought I understood the “heroes” and “villains” in this “racial opera” called life. But the roles are murky and variant. No “complete” heroes or villains. “ Whites are racist. Blacks are innocent prey.” That’s the narrative we’re fed from birth to death. Not so fast.
I love this book, because it reveals the truth: the lines are blurred. Some awesome Whites,selflessly risking all for the salvation of “strangers”. Some unscrupulous Blacks, selfishly selling their brothers for a pittance.
Every student should be required to “study” this book and learn “the” lesson: the worst and best resides in all of us, despite the stereotypes.

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  • BDHumbert
  • 26-07-18

A really

Great book for folks interested in history and a broader picture of what it was like in the Americas and the role of slavery

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