• Bury the Chains

  • Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves
  • By: Adam Hochschild
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the widely acclaimed King Leopold's Ghost comes the taut, gripping account of one of the most brilliantly organized social justice campaigns in history - the fight to free the slaves of the British Empire.

In early 1787, 12 men - a printer, a lawyer, a clergyman, and others united by their hatred of slavery - came together in a London printing shop and began a remarkable grass-roots movement, battling for the rights of people on another continent. Masterfully stoking public opinion, the movement's leaders pioneered a variety of techniques that have been adopted by citizens' movements ever since, from consumer boycotts to wall posters and lapel buttons to celebrity endorsements.

A deft chronicle of this groundbreaking antislavery crusade and its powerful enemies, Bury the Chains gives a little-celebrated human rights watershed its due at last.

©2005 Adam Hochschild (P)2018 Tantor
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  • Categories: History

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Great Eye-Opener

As an African-American I thought I understood the “heroes” and “villains” in this “racial opera” called life. But the roles are murky and variant. No “complete” heroes or villains. “ Whites are racist. Blacks are innocent prey.” That’s the narrative we’re fed from birth to death. Not so fast.
I love this book, because it reveals the truth: the lines are blurred. Some awesome Whites,selflessly risking all for the salvation of “strangers”. Some unscrupulous Blacks, selfishly selling their brothers for a pittance.
Every student should be required to “study” this book and learn “the” lesson: the worst and best resides in all of us, despite the stereotypes.

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Great book for folks interested in history and a broader picture of what it was like in the Americas and the role of slavery

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Well-researched and beautifully-written

An absorbing, in-depth account of the long struggle to end the British slave trade

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  • 03-24-21

Enlighting, educational and quite shocking

Great learning in this manner. The past I didn't know & couldn't put into context. I thank the hero's & heroine's who have often been forgotten to time & who made the difference beyond mesure. IMHO this should be on the curriculum for all UK schools.

Thank you. It will be treasured - lest we forget.

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  • 10-09-18

Spectacular. Essential and inspiring listening.

I was recommended this book and I am incredibly glad I downloaded it. It is if a period of history that I had no idea about. Although of a dark topic, the book as a whole is incredibly uplifting, inspiring and engaging. Definitive proof that a small group of determined citizens can change the world.