History of Slavery-The Abolition of the Slave Trade-Am I not a man and a brother

Ref: C2346969

On 22nd May 1787, twelve men met in London to plan the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade. On 1st May 1807, they achieved their goal. This is the story of their defining contribution to one of the most unlikely, profound and successful movements for social change. This may have been the first time in human history that a popular campaign was mobilised entirely for the benefit of others. This session will describe what they did, the scale of opposition they overcame and look at how they invented new techniques to use popular pressure to bring about political change, many of which are still in use today.

Course aim

Those who abolished the British slave trade are largely forgotten by history, yet their achievement was both monumental and also invented the tools of popular campaigning used ever since. This is their story.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • look at discussions of slavery and the slave trade with greater historical context.
  • talk about those who achieved the abolition of the slave trade and how they did it.
  • see how the techniques they developed are still in use by popular campaigns today.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

This session is self-contained.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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History of Slavery-The Abolition of the Slave Trade-Am I not a man and a brother

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