Wales & the History of Slavery
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Wales & the History of Slavery

by Saki U.

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

I am interested in Africa, and I belong to the Africa research seminar. Also, I take some classes about Africa. In one of those classes, I watched the movie “Amazing Grace.” This movie is about abolitionism in the UK in the 18th century.

Until the 18th century, many slaves had been taken from Africa to the UK, especially by pirates. Some British people disliked slavery, so then they started abolitionism. The famous song “Amazing Grace” was written by the captain of a slave ship. He regretted his action (slave trade) and he wrote this song. This is the plot of the movie.

Some pirates had their base in Wales. Bartholomew Roberts is a famous pirate from Wales. He spent almost all his life on a slave ship. Some pirates heaped up wealth by piracy and the slave trade. The treatment of slaves was really bad, and many slaves died on the ship. It is an unbelievable historical fact.

I went to Uganda this summer for an internship. Uganda was once a protectorate of the UK. Now, many British people come to Uganda for tourism or volunteering. I wondered what they (British people) think about the history of slavery between the UK and African countries. Do they think it is just the past? They don’t care about it?

In my case, Japan once occupied China, Korea, and other countries. But I don’t have any idea about the history. So, I thought British people are the same as me. If there is someone who suffers from the effect of these historical facts, I feel really sorry. But we should make new relationships. Of course, we should not forget history.

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Oct 10, 2011
We should not forget history
by: Gary Wolff

Thanks for your very illuminating and thought-provoking story, Saki.

Yes, we should never forget history.

Many things beyond our control have happened in the past by our ancestors that we all unfortunately have to pay the price for today.

There is a long, rich history btw. Japan & America...some bad but mostly good...and I feel very grateful & blessed that I can live & work in a such a wonderful country that my country was once at war with.

But the great thing about history is we can learn from our mistakes & help make the world a better place for everyone.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Saki. Very well done!

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