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The Abolition of the Slave Trade in America and Britain. Internationally-renowned historian Professor Simon Schama was an undergraduate, and later Fellow, at Christ's College, Cambridge before becoming Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Brasenose College, Oxford. He then spent 13 years as professor at Harvard and is currently Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University in New York, where he specialises in European cultural and environmental history and the history of art.
Professor Schama is well known for his award-winning books including Landscape and Memory, Dead Certainties, Rembrandt's Eyes and Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution. He has also written and presented the BBC documentary series A History of Britain, The Power of Art, and Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution, the little-known history of thousands of African-American slaves who fought for the British in the American War of Independence.
Since 1995, he has been art and culture critic for The New Yorker and essayist for The Guardian, and was made a CBE in the 2001 New Year's Honours list.