Paul Crooks Ancestry Talks

KS3 History Slavery Speaker for Schools

Hi, my name is Paul Crooks and I am a speaker for schools KS3 History and school enrichment programmes. I spent many years using public records to search for my roots.

My love of history was inspired by unprecedented success tracing my African ancestors enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica. It strengthened my knowledge of Black peoples of the Americas, Britain’s transatlantic slave trade and the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. I speak because I’m passionate about inspiring pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.

I wrote my historical novel Ancestors  to bring to light the hidden tale of Jamaican rebels who forced the British Government to reset the timetable for bringing slavery to an end.

I wrote A Tree Without Roots as a guide for Brits interested in discovering ancestral links with the Caribbean.

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