The Queen’s Silence: Tracing the British Monarchy’s Ties to Slavery in the Archives – LECTURE

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Date / time: 22 February, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

American Philosophical Society (and virtual)

The Queen's Silence: Tracing the British Monarchy's Ties to Slavery in the Archives - LECTURE


Brooke Newman, Associate Professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University and the 2023-24 APS-NEH Sabbatical Fellow at the American Philosophical Society, will discuss her current book project, The Queen’s Silence: The Hidden History of the British Monarchy and Slavery (Mariner).

Beginning in the sixteenth century, the book traces the extent to which British monarchs and members of the royal family invested in and defended the transatlantic trade in African captives and the expansion of colonial slavery before pivoting to embrace anti-slavery during the age of Victoria. Her work reveals how Crown involvement in slave trading and slavery evolved as the institution of the monarchy and the exercise of royal power transformed over the centuries.

This hybrid event will take place on 22 February 2024 at 6 pm EST. For more information and to register, please visit: