posted on Jul, 12 2015 @ 11:09 AM
First time thread. Couldn't find it anywhere on ATS.
Read this article (struggling to link) and found it very interesting.
It talks about how much of British slave ownership's history has been buries from public knowledge.
It mentions compensation for slave owners back in 1834 totalling 40% of the government's expenditure for that year, equivilant to over £1.6 billion
in today's money.
Compensation to over 46,000 slave owners was the biggest bailout in British history until the bailout of the banks in 2009.
This was a part of history many were unaware of and would have caused much uproar (back then) if they knew 40% of tax payers money was spent towards
the freedom of black people.
One thing I find amusing is once they were "free" they had to work 45 hours a week unpaid labour to their former masters for 4 yrs....very steady
progress I say.
Many good talking points in this article and I hope members with greater knowledge on the subject can contribute.