3.3 Slavery Abolition Debate
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The slave trade brought gigantic profits into Britain and fuelled its mighty Empire. However, after decades of tireless campaigning by abolitionists, the slave trade across the British Empire came to a relatively abrupt end when the Slave Trade Act 1807 was passed. But why?
This lesson contains:
- An exploration of the key characters and factors that led to the abolition of slavery, including William Wilberforce, Olaudah Equiano, the Quakers, and British economics.
- A consideration of which of the characters and factors were the most responsible for bringing about the abolition of the slave trade across the British Empire.
- An analysis of the role played by William Wilberforce in the abolitionist movement and whether he deserves as much credit as he receives for the abolition of the slave trade.