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In 1833, slavery in Britain was abolished, but why? There are a number of factors that contributed to the cause abolishment; however there are four main factors. These four factors were due

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Why was slavery abolished? In 1833, slavery in Britain was abolished, but why? There are a number of factors that contributed to the cause abolishment; however there are four main factors. These four factors were due to influences from white middle-class campaigners, white working-class campaigners, black people's actions, and economics. Two of these were due to non-slave campaigners the middle and working class which makes you wonder, what caused ordinary working people care so much? White middle-class campaigners: Granville Sharp was arguably one of the greatest campaigners who used the courts to set black people free and turned the public opinion against slavery. ...read more.

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The ordinary working-class were now signing petitions for slave abolishment, in 1814, 1.5 million signed, support was growing and no-one could stop it. People believed everyone should have rights and that slavery was wrong. The government were also scared of strikes and people getting in groups so they usually gave into the petitions if this was what so many want. Black slaves also took action, demanding to be treated better and to have wages like an ordinary servant. Many others simply ran away and owners tried to get them back using the courts but the legal position was never really clear on slavery. ...read more.

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Economist Adam Smith wrote that slaves have nothing, so labour as little as possible, 'Whatever work he does can be squeezed out of him by violence only.' When slaves in Jamaica in 1831 went on strike, setting fires to cane fields many were shot and more were hung, After this people realized that conditions would never simply improve and in 1833 slavery was finally abolished. As you can see there are a range of factors that contributed to the abolishment of slavery, truth was that was no law on slavery before it was abolished, it was down to pressure from petitions, people's actions and economy that forced the government to make slavery illegal, giving many rights, stopping the revolts and making everyone equal. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nick Theodorou/History 5/9/2007 ...read more.

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