Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

22/8/2007

Making sense of slavery

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Even the very earliest anti-slavery campaigners understood how important a display of objects could be. The pamphleteering Quaker, Thomas Clarkson, one of the first and foremost British protesters against the trade, filled a chest with African artefacts, tropical products, manacles and whips and toured the country delivering impassioned public speeches. Britain ought to be trading with Africa for goods and not for people, he argued. His visual aids had a galvanising effect and hundreds of petitions started pouring into the House of Commons. for more click here

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