The From Slavery to Snowdonia Episode
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Throughout the Victorian period, Black abolitionists toured the British Isles. In an effort to enlist British support for ending slavery in America—and later to enlist support for black rights—African Americans spoke not just in London or Leeds but in small towns and villages from the north of Scotland to the foot of Snowdonia and beyond. In this episode, Adam talks to Hannah-Rose Murray to ask why they came and how they were received. Abraham Lincoln may have thought America was the "last best hope" but at least strategically, abolitionists proclaimed Britain to be the land of the free and America to be a land of barbarism and hypocrisy.

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