19th century social statuses were very divided and often subdivided when it came to lower classes and this caused unregulated economic flow in the society. As classical liberalism took over, society began to change. There were increasing demands for improved social welfare, education, labour rights, political rights and equality, as well as for the abolition of the slave trade and changes in the electoral system. As the slave trade abolished so did the social classes and class structure emerged. This was Britain’s first step towards a better societal future as they adopted limited government, individual rights, capitalism, democracy, secularism, internationalism and freedom of speech.