In the late 18th century abolitionists led by William Wilberforce campaigned to end the slavery. There was opposition to their movement from those who wanted the slave trade to continue.
Who was William Wilberforce?
The Captain of the slave ship 'Zong'
An MP committed to the abolition of slavery
An MP committed to maintaining the slave trade
When did William Wilberforce present his first Bill to Parliament for the abolition of the slave trade?
What did John Newton do for the abolitionists?
He wrote 'Amazing Grace' and spoke against the slave trade
He was an MP who supported the abolitionist cause in Parliament
He gathered evidence for the abolitionists against the evils of the slave trade
How did Josiah Wedgewood help the abolitionists?
He imported sugar made in India by non-slave workers
He designed a medallion for abolitionists to wear
He freed slaves from his family's plantations in Barbados
What work did Thomas Clarkson do for the abolitionists?
He gathered evidence against the evils of the slave trade
He was an abolitionist lawyer
He was a writer who published journals and poems protesting against the slave trade
Why did the abolitionists find it difficult to get Parliament to ban the slave trade?
The Prime Minister was opposed to banning it
Some MPs were planters themselves or had businesses which made money out of slavery
Abolitionist MP William Wilberforce had few supporters in Parliament
When did Parliament finally ban the slave trade?