Benjamin Franklin House London. Talks on books on slavery
At Benjamin Franklin House, the only surviving Franklin home anywhere in the world they recently launched Ben’s Book Club, a monthly series of free digital talks featuring works of non-fiction on a range of topics which link to American history or 18th century Britain. Our next events focus on books which deal with America and Britain’s involvement with the slave trade.
Michael Bundock speaks to the Benjamin Franklin House team about his book The Fortunes of Francis Barber: The story of the Jamaican slave who became Samuel Johnson’s heir which chronicles a young boy’s journey from the horrors of Jamaican slavery to the heart of London’s literary world, and reveals the unlikely friendship that changed his life. This hour-long virtual event will take place at 5pm on Wednesday 20th January via Zoom Webinar. You can register for free here.
Vincent Brown speaks to the Benjamin Franklin House team about his book Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of the Atlantic Slave War, a gripping account of the largest slave revolt in the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world, an uprising that laid bare the interconnectedness of Europe, Africa, and America, shook the foundations of empire, and reshaped ideas of race and popular belonging. This hour-long virtual event will take place at 5pm on Wednesday 17th February via Zoom Webinar. You can register for free here.