The Slavery Of The African Slave Trade

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British slave trading begun in the late sixteenth century and grew remarkably during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. As a woman in society, she faced challenges herself; however, she addressed the humanity of slaves as human beings and not by the color of their skin. She believed that “non whites” were equal to “whites” and deserved the same human rights. She wrote her famous piece, “Slavery, a Poem” during the abolitionist movement to persuade others to partake in the anti-slavery campaign. Hannah More condemns British slavery in “Slavery, a Poem” by advocating for women, religion, and depicting the inhumane treatment of Africans in order to promote human rights.
Hannah More is one of the most influential female writers who represented the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the African Slave Trade (Ferguson). After contributing to the founding of the Abolition Society in 1788, she published “Slavery, a Poem” (Mellor). During the time, writers would demean Britain’s appearance by referencing the country as “disgusting, atrocities, dividing families, etc.” (Elliot). Hannah More does criticize the slave trade, but she also tries to appeal to the pro-slavery audience, in order to change the current legislation. By doing so, she addresses the “Great Chain of Being,” where men are categorized higher than women and slaves even lower. Basically, she felt like society was constructed to benefit the white race (Ferguson): “Whene’er to Afric’s shores I turn my eyes,…

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