Professor Richard Drayton explains the intellectual, social and political roots of white supremacy in Britain and the Americas, and how it led to the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum.
As statues spark controversy, Laura Leonard critically examines how white supremacists in Charlottesville, as well as critics of the ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ campaign, have invoked heritage as a legitimising language.
Katie Donnington writes about the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project and the launch of the British Slave-ownership database, which has seen renewed interest in the issues of transatlantic slavery and the acknowledgement of this history in the process of reconciliation.
Manisha Sinha on Spielberg’s mythic rather than historical Lincoln, and missed opportunities to uncover the complex history of emancipation.
The latest issue of The Economist turns it’s laser eye on the legacy of the civil war, as the US prepares to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of what’s described as ‘America’s bloodiest war’.