Resistance and Abolition of Slavery

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Slave Rebelions

1736 - 1761

Slave Uprisings in the Carribean caused by horrible conditions. Of the men who took part in the uprising 88 were sentenced to death.

Rising Support for Abolisment

1765 - 1783

For nearly two decades there was growing support for abolisment in slavery. British men begin aiding escaped slaves forcing themselves to recognize that slavery might not be right. These individuals became abolishanists, there were many individuals the most important of which including John Wesley who was the father of the Methodist movement and Granville Sharp a key abolishanist.

New Abolitionists Join the Fight

1785 - 1787

There were many individuals who would become incredibly influencial were converted to the cause of abolistion including Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce. Together they and many other abolishonists including Granville Sharp formed an anti-slavery commitee which would become incredible influential.

The Abolition Movement Gains Momentum

1787

A symbol for the abolition movement was created by a prominent pottery entrepeneur which could be worn or used to display one's support for the abolisment of slavery. Around the same time many former slaves were publicished thanking Sharp (abolitionist) for his work while others spoke out about what befell them while they were slaves.

Thomas Clarkson and His Research about the Slave Trade

1787

Clarkson spent Five months touring around England setting up anit-slavery committees and comiling information against the slave trade. During this period while in Liverpool Clarkson was attacked by a group of Slave Ship captains intent on killing him but Clarkson escaped.

The Abolition Movement gains Massive Support

1788

Petitions were signed by huge masses, demanding the end of slavery. Debats took place on the topic of abolition all around London where by Febuary half the debates centered around the topic.

The Pro-slavery begins to Fight Back and Both Take their Cases to Parliament

1788 - 1792

Pro-slavers begin to organize themselves as West Indian Commitee to fight for slavery. These individuals believed that without slavery the entire economy would collapse. Both sides pro- and anti-slavery, went to parliament to fight on their own behalfs. After years of hearings, Clarkson provided a multitude of evidence and testimonies about the brutality and unequality of the slave trade. This was the best non fiction anti-slavery work of all time which was used 60 years later by abolitionists in America.

The Pro-slavery Movement Attempts the Strike Back

1789

the Pro-slavery movement in response to the growing support for abolitishment of slavery undertake a propaganda campagin to change people's minds. They also repeatedly petitioned parliament claiming that stoping slavery would lead to economic ruin.

The Fight for Abolition Moves into the Class System

1789

Due to the abolition movements and the overwhelling support the idea of freedom became widespread. Soon workers and women alike begam clamoring for more rights. By the end of slavery they were demanding freedom for slaves and themselves.

British Display Their Stand on Slavery

1791 - 1792

British women, who decide what produce is bought for a household began a boycott of slave grown sugar in favor of Indian. This an attempt to convey their point and put pressure to end the slave trade. The high point of abolitionist work was in the Spring of 1792 where incredible amounts of petitions were signed, a multitude of aniti-slavery art was created and an all around support for the abolitishment.

The House of Lords Refuse to Ban Slave Trade

1792

The House of Commons in London attempted to pass a bill which would abolish the slave trade (but not slavery). However this act was stopped by the House of Lords who did not agree to pass it.

Reviement of the Movement for Abolition

1806

The abolishment of slavery was put on hold unti 1806 becuase of an English-French war in Hati. There are now many sympathizers and supporters for the abolition in the public and parliament. Abolitionist work to revive the movement and propose that the government ban British ships from trading slaves to France and her allies. Due to the continued war once the bill was introduced it was passed. This eliminated 2/3 of the slave trade at once.

The Slave Trad is Banned

1807

Finally in 1807 thanks in part to the sympathetic Prime Minister the entire slave trade was abolished. It was believed that slavery would simply wither out becuase of the high mortality rates of slaves due to the work and the lack or new slaves to replace them

Slave Uprisings

1816 - 1823

After the slave trade was abolitished there was hope for freedom for slaves but when this failed to occur many large revolts broke out.

Slaves are Finally Free

1833 - 1838

Parliament finally voted to end slavery on August 1 1833 after several several years of intese lobbying and support for its abolishment. There were some restrictions which prevented slaves from becoming fully free for a few years. In 1838 slaves were finally free throughout the British empire.

Abolishment Does Little to Aid Working Conditions

1865

The living conditions of former slaves had little to no improvement. The former slaves still had to work on plantations and while slave owners recieved compensations, former slaves did not recieve any. The former slaves were payed little but now had to pay taxes. The power was still in the white plantation owner's hands and the labour laws were brutal. Once it became clear little had change huge uprisings occurred which were immediately suppressed and resulted in many deaths for the former slaves.