An Incorrigible Fanatic
William Wilberforce told Parliament that the more his opponents slandered him, the more he was sure he was winning.
A Selfish Liberty
American anti-slavery campaigner Frederick Douglass contrasts two kinds of ‘nationalist’.
Douglass in Britain
Frederick Douglass, the American runaway slave turned Abolitionist, spent some of his happiest days in Britain.
British statesmen were among those who inspired the career of one of America’s greatest men, Frederick Douglass.
How Britain Abolished Slavery
The Church’s campaigns against slavery were boosted by competition for labour after the Black Death.
The Obstinacy of Fowell Buxton
Fatherless teenage tearaway Fowell Buxton was not a promising boy, but the Gurney family changed all that.
How Liberating the Slaves also Clothed the Poor
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The closure of slave plantations following the Abolition of Slavery Act in 1833 had a curious side-effect.
The Scottish missionary and medic believed that slavery could better be eradicated by trade than by force.
The Bombardment of Algiers
For two centuries, human traffickers had stolen English men, women and children for the slave-markets of the Arab world.
The Case of Jonathan Strong
Granville Sharp and his surgeon brother William rescued a young African man from the streets of London.
The Anglo-Zanzibar War
It lasted barely forty minutes, but it brought slavery to an end in
the little island territory.
Josiah Wedgwood’s promotional gift made Abolitionism fashionable.
The Persistence of Thomas Clarkson
Today, the slave trade is a £150bn global business. Back in the late 18th century,
it was making a lot of influential people very rich too, but some in England were determined to stop it.
In the Nick of Time
Thomas Lewis was rescued from slavery with only minutes to spare.
James Somersett’s new Christian family used every available means to keep him from slavery.