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Thomas Clarkson, History of the Abolition of the Slave Trade (1808)

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Bicentennial of the Publication of Thomas Clarkson's History of the Abolition of the Slave Trade (1808)

After many years of struggle, a group of British abolitionists, including William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846), succeeded in getting the British Parliament to ban the trans-Atlantic slave trade in 1807. Thomas Clarkson, one of the leading theorists and historicans of the abolitonist movement, wrote a history of this great event the following year, The History of the Rise, Progress, and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade by the British Parliament, 2 vols. (London: L. Taylor, 1808).

[For further reading see Abolition of Slavery]

Last modified April 13, 2016