Actor/Comedian, Gary Beadle (The Comic Strip Presents, Eastenders) leads a journey of discovery from the Napoleonic Wars to the grand imperial age and a struggle for equality. Visiting archives, museums and historical sites in Britain and the Caribbean, he reveals how the British government purchased thousands of slaves to defeat the French and their allies in the Americas (more than 11,000 by 1800). And how these Black-soldiers, the West India Regiment, led the journey from slavery, thanks to a unique 1807 act of Parliament that established a new class citizen – Black British.
• “Plenty to ponder and discuss, not least the roundabout routes between our imperial past and our current notions of citizenship”
Times Education Supplement
• “With the stories of heroism and adventure comes a dark and difficult legacy filled with uncomfortable truths and damning contradictions. The First Black Britons tells the story of the West India Regiment and a missing chapter in the making of modern Britain”
Trevor Phillips, Chair: Commission for Equality and Human Rights.
The First Black Britons consists of 3 x 18-minute stories, illustrated by a wealth of vintage photographs, prints and sketches. This incredible hidden history is brought is brought to life by dramatic reconstructions based on first-hand sources: Prime Minister William Pitt, his friend William Wilberforce, Queen Victoria, and the very soldiers who shaped attitudes to race and identity in Britain Africa and the Americas
Available at Borders and on-line, £14.99 (inc p&p).
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