Clarkson Reviews

 

Film

With the release of the film Amazing Grace there was some debate about the portrayal of some of Thomas Clarkson amongst other criticisms. The following page addresses these -

  • Ten reasons why the portrayal of Thomas Clarkson in the film 'Amazing Grace' should not be seen as historically accurate........ Article

 


Television

The work of Thomas Clarkson received increased publicity as a result of the 2007 Abolition season on the BBC. Programmes included a showing of the following

  • Rough Crossings - The story of John Clarkson and Sierra Leone (as outlined in Simon Schama’s book of the same name. This can be seen on you-tube at 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgvbtJOCiWc

talks by Schama on the subject can also be found on you-tube


Recommended Reading on the Clarksons

  • Gibson-Wilson, Ellen (1989) - Thomas Clarkson- A biography (Macmillan)
  • Gibson-Wilson, Ellen (1980) - John Clarkson & The African Adventure (Macmillan)
  • Gibson-Wilson, Ellen (1996 & 2007) - The Clarkson's of Wisbech and the Abolition of the Slave Trade (Booklet available from Wisbech and Fenland Museum)
  • Gifford, Zerbanoo (1996) - Thomas Clarkson and the Campaign Against Slavery (Anti-Slavery International)
  • Hochschild, Adam (2005) – Bury the Chains
  • Powell, Roger (2007) - Why Here? Why Then? (Booklet available from Wisbech and Fenland Museum)
  • Schama, Simon (2005) – Rough Crossings (BBC Publications)

Primary Source Material

  • Clarkson, Thomas (1786) - An essay on the slavery and commerce of the human species, particularly the African.... with additions.
  • Clarkson, Thomas (1808) - History of the rise, progress, and accomplishment of the abolition of the African slave trade by the British Parliament 2 Vols.

Other Material

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