Slave Trade in 1807 Essay

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In order to ascertain how significant beliefs and ideologies were in contributing to the abolition of the slave trade in 1807, and the eventual abolition of slavery in 1833, this assignment will consider moral, political,economic and religious factors which culminated into these two distinct reforms. It will explore the influence of Enlightenment; the impact of non-conformists; the role of individuals and resistance from slaves themselves. Additionally, it will look at the attitudes concerning the Atlantic slave trade and slavery from different perspectives. Justifications which were gleaned from the Bible, and from Antiquity, regarding the differences between white and black people meant that for much of the eighteenth century enslaving…show more content…
In addition, it argues that slavery is not necessary for the success of colonies and that abolition would not be detrimental to colonies rather benefit it in the long-run. This document demonstrates how ideas about slavery were surfacing in the mid eighteenth century.

Protestant Evangelicalism was powered by enlightened thinking. As DVD 2 highlights, missionaries such as William Knibb, were influential in promoting Christianity. Slavery obstructed this process. William Wilberforce, an evangelical member of parliament featured prominently in the DVD, his work towards the gradual emancipation was significant, however the interview does point out that the programme omits profound individuals such as Thomas Clarkson, who was a central leader of the anti-slavery movement.(DVD 2)

An anti-slavery sentiment had developed and sects emerged from Evangelicalism. Despite disagreements on certain doctrinal topics, there was a general consensus between the sects that all men were equal before God, equal in sin and their potential for redemption. This was particularly significant within the anti-slavery movement as it highlighted slavery as problematic and obstructive towards Christian morals. In 1787, A committee united individuals from different classes in society, such as tradesmen and upper-class evangelicals. This Committee met in London with the purpose of establishing 'A Society for effecting the abolition of the slave trade' This is significant as it highlights that
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