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Zong Affair

WARNING:  THIS CLIP CONTAINS SEGMENTS DEALING WITH SLAVERY AND THE CRUELTIES ASSOCIATED THEREWITH.  IT IS NOT EASY TO WATCH AND IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN.  PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

On the 28th of November, 1781, the crew of a slave ship called the Zong threw many African slaves overboard to collect their "value" via an insurance settlement.

Although no one was ever prosecuted for the crime, news of this callous treatment of human beings turned many people in Britain against the slave trade.

To begin the story segment on the Zong affair, in this clip from "The Power of Art," move the video forward to 10:49.

Note ... This segment, from the “Power of Art,” features Simon Schama discussing an oil-on-canvas painting by J.M. William Turner (Joseph Mallord William Turner), entitled Slave Ship (Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhoon Coming On).  Turner created this work in 1840, and it is based on the Zong affair.


Media Credits

Clip from the BBC's "Simon Schama's Power of Art," featuring the works of J.W. William Turner.  Copyright, BBC, all rights reserved.  Provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the program.  Online via BBC WorldWide's Channel at YouTube.

 

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