News Ticker

The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed

slave

The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the present. This year history gate-crashed modern America in the form of a 150-year-old document: a few sheets of paper that compelled Hollywood actor Ben Affleck to issue a public apology and forced the highly regarded US public service broadcaster PBS to launch an internal investigation.

The document, which emerged during the production of Finding Your Roots, a celebrity genealogy show, is neither unique nor unusual. It is one of thousands that record the primal wound of the American republic – slavery. It lists the names of 24 slaves, men and women, who in 1858 were owned by Benjamin L Cole, Affleck’s great-great-great-grandfather. When this uncomfortable fact came to light, Affleck asked the show’s producers to conceal his family’s links to slavery. Internal emails discussing the programme were later published by WikiLeaks, forcing Affleck to admit in a Facebook post: “I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed.”

Use this link to read more about this subject.

Source: theguradian.com

Photo credit: Internet Archive Book Images / Foter /No known copyright restrictions

About Editorial Office

Heeft u het nodige te vertellen en zoekt u een goed platform? Wilt u auteur worden bij Amsterdam Today? Dan bent u op deze pagina aan het goede adres. Om onze selectie zo zorgvuldig mogelijk te kunnen doen, willen we graag alvast een conceptartikel met 600 tot 1000 woorden (voor eventuele publicatie) van u ontvangen. Als we denken dat er een goede match is, dan zullen we u benaderen voor extra informatie en maken we graag verdere afspraken met u over het schrijven voor Amsterdam Today. Bent u een expert op een bepaald gebied? Of kent u kandidaten die zich online manifesteren met interessante maar vooral relevante berichten in de categorie Travel, Luxury, Business, Gastronomic of Automotive. Laat het ons weten via Editor@AmsterdamToday.eu. Contact: Website | Facebook | Google+ | YouTube | More Posts

UA-62801321-1