Category Archives: Slavery and Abolition

Threading My Way

… is a very apposite title for this 1874 book by Robert Dale Owen, son of Robert Owen, the cotton magnate and social reformer. As the subtitle says, it covers the first 27 years of his life, and the word … Continue reading

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The Naturalist’s and Traveller’s Companion

John Coakley Lettsom (1744–1815) seems to have been a nice sort of man. Born the son of a Quaker plantation owner in the Virgin Islands, he was sent to England at the age of six to be educated, and was … Continue reading

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Black History Month

In our CLC series on Slavery and Abolition, we have a range of books on the abolition struggle (as well as some arguing for the ‘peculiar institution’), including a number of works by black writers. For Black History Month, here … Continue reading

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Peace and Freedom

Did you know that there was an International Peace Conference in Paris on 1849? Or, for that matter, that there had been one in London in 1843, and another in Brussels in 1848? The first ‘International Congress of the Friends … Continue reading

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Economic Botany

As a major new series begins on BBC Radio 4, we look at the CLC books on ‘plants which changed the world’. The BBC is beginning today a major series, ‘Plants: From Roots to Riches’ on BBC Radio 4, weekdays … Continue reading

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