What was the most important reason for the abolition of the slave Trade?

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What was the most important reason for the abolition of the slave Trade? By the time that the slave trade had been abolished in Britain and her colonies in 1807 eleven million men, women and children had been snatched from their homes. For historians understanding the factors that led to the abolition of the trade remains an important task. Whilst there is clearly a consensus on the main factors that led to this seismic and historic event there is obviously a difference in opinion on the most important due to the degree of subjectivity the question poses. The key factors that caused the abolition were the work of the working class, both their moral views as well as petitions; Economic factors; the work of black people and the…show more content…
However, I do not believe that the working class had the impact that others have claimed. Because politicians were a rich landowning elite and did not have to take into account the electorate or constituent’s opinions as they owned the land their voters lived on. Furthermore, the majority of the MPs were controlled by the trading companies and sadly, like today; the corporations had more power than the people. That aside, they did put pressure on parliament and gave force to the political proponents of abolition. Granville Sharp is a fantastic example of a middle class educated campaigner who helped fight the cases of black slaves as well as founding the society for effecting the abolition of the slave trade in 1787. Men like him both helped to educate the working class and persuade the upper on the importance of abolition. The reason I think the role of the middle class was not as important and was an underlying factor is due to the fact that public opinion was all ready changing due to the role of black campaigners and the middle class merely accelerated it. However this long-term cause should not be disregarded as many slaves were saved and freed under the legal protection and effort of Mr. Sharp- slaves who went on to change the opinion of the British public. Another example of a middle class campaigner was Wilberforce. Committed and scrupulous, devoted and tireless William fought for the rights of all men

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