Slavery is Not Deat: It’s Not Even Past

Monument to Zumbi, by Lázaro Souza Duarte. Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Photograph by Ana Lucia Araujo, 2009.

Slavery has become a popular topic in newspaper articles, television documentaries, motion pictures, discussion forums, and academic conferences over the past decade. In the Americas, and even in Europe and Africa, slavery and especially the Atlantic slave trade have taken central stage in the public arena. Considering that slavery was legally abolished in the western hemisphere more than a century ago, how and why has the slave past of western societies become so central in present-day public debates? How have these debates and the initiatives memorialising slavery in the public space contributed to healing the wounds of the past?

Click here to continue reading my recent article in the series On History, edited by Joel Quirk and Geneviève Le Baron, as part of the section Beyond Slavery published by Open Democracy.