While I expect you to take the lead in devising your own topic for Long Essays and Dissertations, here are some suggestions for topics that might be pursued. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, but reflects seminar discussions and recent news items that are relevant to the module. These links are designed to point you in the right direction and you'll need to do your own digging to go futher. Do also see the suggested short essay titles and the list of useful websites.
- 'Black History of Britain' BBC programme and plan to unveil 20 BBC Black History plaques: http://www.okayafrica.com/film/a-black-history-of-britain-bbc-two-david-olusoga/
- British country houses and links to slavery: https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/slavery-and-british-country-house/ [the book is in the library]
- English Heritage's scheme to improve the ethnic diversity of those honoured with Blue Plaques: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/about-us/search-news/diversity-blue-plaques
- 'Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole: Nursing's Bitter Rivalry': see article in History Today, 62: 9 (September 2012) [note that this was written by a one of the protagonists in the debate]
- Google Ngram - you can use the Viewer to search for the incidence of terms, names etc. across every book that Google have digitised (try "Thomas Clarkson, William Wilberforce"). This could be a useful quantitative step within the writing of a 'meta-biography': https://books.google.com/ngrams
- 'Literary Archaeology' (Bristol University project that brings together archaeological scientists, writers and literary scholars to explore what it was like to be enslaved): http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/research/literary-archaeology/about/
- 'Two Plantations', this website displays research into the lives of 431 enslaved people in seven multi-generational families at Mesopotamia plantation in Jamaica and Mount Airy plantation in Virginia. It includes family trees: http://www.twoplantations.com/