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Slavery and the English Country House

Madge Dresser and Andrew Hann (eds.)
English Heritage, 2013

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The British country house has long been regarded as the jewel in the nation’s heritage crown. But the country house is also an expression of wealth and power, and as scholars reconsider the nation’s colonial past, new questions are being posed about these great houses and their links to Atlantic slavery.

This book, authored by a range of academics and heritage professionals, grew out of a 2009 conference on ‘Slavery and the British Country house: mapping the current research’ organised by English Heritage in partnership with the University of the West of England, the National Trust and the Economic History Society. It asks what links might be established between the wealth derived from slavery and the British country house and what implications such links should have for the way such properties are represented to the public today.

In order to improve access to this research, a complete copy of the text is free to download from the left hand side of this page.

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Here is a link  to a fantastic database created at UCL of the legacies of British Slave-Ownership, the buildings, collections, institutions, businesses, and families funded by slavery. You can search individuals, firms, and locations to find links to slave-ownership (eg. David Cameron’s ancestry). Browse physical, cultural, historical, imperial, commercial legacies, which include the British Museum and the National Gallery (many benefactors owned slaves). It sources the records of compensation claimed by slave owners for releasing slaves when slavery was abolished. There is also a blog running and various items of interest picked out. It’s a really good and important resource that hits home how much this country was built on the work of slaves.

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ok but hear me out- what about a lightning bolt scar that looked like real lightning?

I feel like this actually makes way more sense… Like, I get it was a scar left by the mixing of some pretty crazy magic, but I always thought it was a little strange that it was a PERFECTLY formed lightning bolt symbol.

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What year is this

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There’s a reason I hated that sappy, watery, pathetic book. Now I know what it is.

her face tho

Isn’t it really that shocking, though?

All his books take place in these quaint little American towns where virtually no POC exist. He literally writes his own little fantasy world where POC are just these people who live elsewhere or don’t exist at all, and white people are falling in love with each other all over the place.

Someone who can’t write diversity into their own fucking fiction couldn’t possibly give a shit about diversity in real life.

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Fetishizing ‘power’ in women characters – having them kicking ass and always being ready with a putdown - isn’t the same as writing them as human beings.
Jack Graham, in Stephen Moffat - A Case For The Prosecution, a guest post on Philip Sandifer’s blog (via linnealurks)

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daybed in colorful library

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Books that CLEARLY deserve the Choose Your Own Adventure treatment. 

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Old World Language Families Map


Wolfman’s Books by kylejglenn on Flickr.

A Wild Vortex of Books Flying Right at You.

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Hardcovers for aesthetics.
Paperbacks to read.
Ebooks to travel.

The holy trinity of book lovers.

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You read that book and all you want to do is go outside and forget you have a job and take a sketch book and a journal and observe.
Kristen Stewart on Patti Smith’s “Just Kids”


I have been saying this for years.

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Literal book titles (x)

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