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The Slave Trade in the British Empire The actions of the black people played no part in the abolition slavery and the slave trade in the British Empire. To what extent do you believe in this statement? The slave trade was a terrible event in the history of Britain, the injustice, the racism and the unnecessary suffering of the black people was the beginning of the understanding of the rights of the people of this world. Black people were considered 'unequal' to the whites. That was the ignorance of the people living in the late 17th-18th century at that time. The statement above is untrue in some ways; indeed the black peoples did play a role in the abolishing of the slave trade, but the white people who understood the prejudice against the black people also helped the abolition take place. Black people were torn from their own country and so they were very eager to escape their captors at any cost. ...read more.


He then stayed in London for a while, where he learned to read and then he became a Christian. He wished to be let free but his owner brought him back to America. Eventually he was given his freedom, this is when he wrote his experiences down in a book for the public to read. This shocked and horrified the public some turned against slavery. He travelled around the country speaking in meetings, his actions made a big impact on the slavery abolition. In one of his books he mentioned the notorious 'Zong' slavery ship. From 1770 the need for slaves were decreasing as Brazil and Cuba could produce cheaper sugar and the slaves working on plantations in the West Indies were needed less and less. On the other hand there were equal amounts of white abolitionists there were several famous individuals who decreased the slavery's chances of continuing. For example... Granville Sharp was a respected white man who lived in England. ...read more.


All the efforts of the abolitionists combined together made the trade come to an end in Britain in 1807 not just the efforts of the black abolitionists and not just the white abolitionists but united together as one great force of justice and rights. I do agree with the general statement to some extent; the black people were not the only peoples to brought to end of the slave trade but nevertheless the black people did play a major role. People like Sharp, Equiano and Wilberforce didn't stand a chance on their own but as they worked together for their beliefs they succeeded in what they wanted. However, nothing could have happened if the public had not supported their motivations and signed the petitions to free the slaves. They saw the blacks as more than just another way of making money, they saw the blacks were not on another level to whites and they realised the cruelty that was occurring to their fellow humans. They were the ones who really brought down the trade and made it abolished forever. ...read more.

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