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Why was Slavery Abolished in the British Empire by 1833?

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AS and A Level British History: Monarchy & Politics

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Why was Slavery Abolished in the British Empire by 1833?

In 1833, slavery was abolished in the British Empire after years of conflict and the hard work of abolitionists in London. Around the era of slavery more people were for it than against it. Even though there were too less people against it, they were still stronger believers.

In this essay I will be discussing the persuasive arguments and events that took place to cause the abolition of slavery in the British Empire by 1833.

Aspect 1: The White Campaigners

The Abolitionists

Parliament passed on the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833. The act gave all slaves in the British Empire their freedom. It was one of the great issues of the 19th century. By 1833 the final stages of the Abolition by Britain had been enacted.

In 1776 a young man called Adam Smith wrote that slave- worked economies were not economical because an unpaid worker did not work as hard. Quakers and Methodists spoke against slavery in the courts of law. Other people joined in and so did some ex-African slaves, such as Olaudah Equiano.

Olaudah Equiano was a

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