BBC History of Slavery Assignment

History of Slavery

Slave Uprisings in the Caribbean

10/01/1736 - 02/28/1762

Between an early rebellion in Antigua (1736) and a later one in Jamaica (1762) over 500 slaves died.

Granville Sharp Champions the Cause

01/01/1765 - 06/30/1772

Sharp and his brother were both very liberal minded individuals. Granville was an outspoken abolitionist and fought to keep ex-slaves healthy, out of jail and in new jobs.

Good Christians

01/01/1774 - 12/31/1783

John Wesley published "Thoughts Upon Slavery" (1774) and became Britains first major religious figure to denounce slavery. The Quakers formed a comitee to abolish slavery (1783) but were not taken very seriousley.

Cambridge University Essay Contest

03/01/1785 - 05/31/1785

After receiving a letter from Granville Sharp Peter Peckard, the Vice Chancelor of Cambridge University, chose slavery as the topic of an essay contest which was won by Thomas Clarkson. Clarkson, though initially only enticed by the glory the award promised, would become an outspoken anti-slavery protestor for the next 61 years.

Slavery Brought to Parliament

03/01/1787 - 05/31/1787

William Wilberforce, a British MP, is convince by Thomas Clarkson and Prime Minister William Pitt to take up the cause of slavery in Parliament.

It All Comes Together


Thomas Clarkson, Granville Sharp, The Quakers and the Anglicans all come together to create one comittee thats goal is to abolish the British Slave Trade.

The Pen is Mightier

12/15/1787 - 12/31/1790

Quabna Ottobah Cugoana, a talented black writer, writes to London newspapers thanking Granville Sharp. He also writes a book about his life and experiences with slavery which he travels to many towns to promote.