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Forgetting to Heal; Remembering the abolition act of 1807

Waterton, Emma; Smith, Laurajane; Wilson, Ross; Fouseki, Kalliopi


This article investigates the cultural memory of the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in Britain. It examines official government responses and considers how these were replicated in popular culture, drawing on the film Amazing Grace. The study highlights the rhetoric employed to distance the past of the transatlantic slave trade from the present, thereby contributing to a process of historical erasure rather than tackling the lingering social and political affects of a traumatic...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: European Journal of English Studies
DOI: 10.1080/13825571003588403


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