The Slave Trade

Topics: British Empire, Slavery, Abolitionism Pages: 3 (1062 words) Published: September 10, 2013
Why was the slave trade abolished?
The slave trade had high social costs. It was a process of transporting and selling Africans to the other countries to become slaves. Usually, the Africans would be transported by the Europeans and they would be sent to North America where most plantation owners who needed slaves were. They would get sold and become slaves and work for long hours on the plantations. However, in 1808, the slave trade came to an end and it didn’t just end without help. There were 3 main factors that supported the end of slave trade, the abolitionists, the slaves themselves and the economic factors. Among the 3 factors, one of them was the abolitionists. The abolitionists contributed a lot and in fact I would say that it was probably the most important factor. Out of all the abolitionists, there were 2 that were particularly passionate about helping to end the slave trade. One of them was called Thomas Clarkson, who was a British man and worked for 71 years trying to stop slavery. As source D shows, Thomas Clarkson always carried around a box of objects such as chains and thumb screws that he used to demonstrate to people what slavery was like so that people would get a better picture of slavery. Source A shows the type of speech that Thomas Clarkson would have made, this line has been taken from source A to show that Thomas Clarkson was very determined to put an end to the slave trade: "There are some of the evils which you are called upon this night to an end to."

Another abolitionist that contributed a lot was William Wilberforce. Wilberforce was highly responsible for the slave trade and he was actually influenced by an ex slave, John Newton. After a number of attempts of trying to bring the private Bills before parliament, he did not succeed but he never gave up. Eventually, he succeeded on the 25th March 1807 but he still didn't completely abolish the slave trade. Whilst he was laying on his deathbed on the 26th July 1833, he was told...
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