The Harriet Tubman Institute’s Speaker Series: Dr. Bronwen Everill: “Sierra Leone Trade and the Ethical Atlantic”

The Harriet Tubman Institute’s Speaker Series will recommence on Wednesday, February 5th at 3:30pm in 305 York Lanes. Dr. Bronwen Everill from King’s College in London will be presenting her current research: “Sierra Leone Trade and the Ethical Atlantic.”

Come out and join in the conversation. For further information, contact: Myles Ali

Light refreshments will be served (generously provided by York’s Graduate History Student Association).

Sierra Leone Trade and the Ethical Atlantic

From the foundation of the Sierra Leone colony in 1787, British and American abolitionists eagerly awaited the results of the anti-slave trade settlement experiment. As part of an Atlantic-wide project of convincing consumers and producers of the evils of slavery, Sierra Leone – and its settlers, government officials, slave traders, Eurafrican residents, and original inhabitants – was a case study to be held up in admiration or scorn. This paper will investigate the intellectual and economic contribution of the colony and its surrounds to the debates over consumption and production that shaped the ‘ethical Atlantic’ in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.


Dr Everill received her PhD from King’s College London in 2010. She has subsequently held posts at Oxford and Warwick Universities. She is the author of Abolition and Empire in Sierra Leone and Liberia (Palgrave, 2013), editor of The History and Practice of Humanitarian Intervention and Aid in Africa (Palgrave, 2013), and her work has been published in Slavery & Abolition, the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth Studies, and the Journal of Global History. Her current Leverhulme Fellowship project is entitled African Trade and Ethical Consumption in the Atlantic World, 1760-1840.

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