It is a shame that a William Wilburforce never appeared in America. The selling of land in the Louisiana Purchase could have not only provided recompense to slave owners, but provided a space for the newly freed slaves to populate.
Thank you for this article. I firmly believe both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution are Divinely inspired documents and should be revered as such.
Abolitionism in the United Kingdom was the movement in the late 18th and early 19th centuries to end the practice of slavery, whether formal or informal, in the United Kingdom, the British Empire and the world, including ending the Atlantic slave trade. It was part of a wider abolitionism movement in Western Europe and the Americas.
The buying and selling of slaves was made illegal across the British Empire in 1807, but owning slaves was permitted until it was outlawed completely in 1833, beginning a process where from 1834 slaves became indentured "apprentices" to their former owners until emancipation was achieved for the majority by 1840 and for remaining exceptions by 1843. Former slave owners received formal compensation for their losses from the British government, with the slaves receiving no reparations.
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