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

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