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Filmed Public Lecture: The Abolition of Slavery Debate

A debate on factors which lead to ending slavery. Was slavery an inherently unstable system? Was C.L.R James right?

An alternative lecture and discussion on factors which lead to the end of slavery. Were C.L.R James and Eric Williams right? Despite its profits, was slavery an inherently unstable system and outdated mode of production? With slaves dying like flies and rebellion on the cards was abolition ultimately a matter of economics? What role did moral objections play and what did William Wilberforce really have to do with it?
In his seminal work Black Jacobins C.L.R. James tells us “Despite the names that were to become so famous….we must beware of thinking that the ‘Friends of the Negro’ represented a force.”
Eric Williams in his book Capitalism and Slavery tells us "The commercial capitalism of the eighteenth century developed the wealth of Europe by means of slavery and monopoly. But in so doing it helped to create the industrial capitalism of the nineteenth century, which turned round and destroyed the power of commercial capitalism, slavery, and all its works. Without a grasp of these economic changes the history of the period is meaningless."
The education charity WORLDwrite and its Citizen TV station WORLDbytes are delighted to be hosting this filmed public lecture on Wednesday 27th May at 7.00pm at the exciting venue, known as Chats Palace, (42-44 Brooksby's Walk, London E9 6DF. see google map ). The lecture will be introduced by journalist, lecturer and author James Heartfield and forms part of the charity’s multi-media project on C.L.R. James entitled, ‘Every Cook Can Govern: Documenting the life, impact & works of C.L.R. James’.
Please arrive in time for drinks and complimentary snacks. The entrance fee will help towards venue and film costs for this exciting event.

Tickets cost £7/£4 for this event and as spaces are limited, it is wise to book as soon as possible.

Tickets can be booked online via

For more details about the project visit our website http://www.clrjames.uk/ or get in touch via emailworld.write@btconnect.com


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Date and Time:

27 May 2015 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



Chats Palace
42-44 Brooksbury Walk
E9 6DF
020 8985 5435
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£7/£4 per person

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Please book your place on-line, via https://clr-alternative-lectures.eventbrite.com

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For more information on this series, please visit Websites: www.worldbytes.org www.clrjames.uk

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