Trailer - James Watt and slavery: The untold story

New research reveals that James Watt, the Scottish icon of the Industrial Revolution, and his family actively benefited from the slave trade, with the plantations of North America and the Caribbean. Learn more about this controversial and dark aspect of James Watt.

Keywords: Slavery, Dr Stephen Mullen, James Watt, Library of Birmingham, Scotland

In Watt,

The Power to change the world

‘Those who consider James Watt only as a great practical mechanic form a very erroneous idea of his character: he was equally distinguished as a natural philosopher and a chemist, and his inventions demonstrate his profound knowledge of those sciences, and that peculiar characteristic of genius, the union of them...


Presented by:

Dr Stephen Mullen

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Andy Partington

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Swift Audio


Michael Gibbs

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Andy Partington

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