A story done by ABC News in 1999 about slavery as told by people who were slaves. Recorded in the 1940's.
British merchants were major participants in the Atlantic slave trade. Then British people living within the British Isles, as well as in British colonies, might own African slaves. Ship-owners transported enslaved West Africans, as well as British natives, to the new world particularly to the Caribbean to be sold there. The ships brought commodities back to Britain then exported goods to Africa. Some entrepreneurs brought slaves to Britain where they were kept in bondage. After a long campaign for abolition led by Thomas Clarkson and in the house of commons by Willian Wilberforce, parliament prohibited dealing in slaves by passing the Slave Trade Act 1807
(Slavery Documentary) | Timeline
This is the untold story of the greatest slaving nation in history. Up till now, Britain’s place in the history of slavery has been as the country that abolished the international slave trade. Britain’s Slave Trade reveals the shameful truth behind this liberal facade, showing how the economic, social and cultural life of Britain would have been unrecognisable without slavery. Britain’s Slave Trade explains how a middling European power transformed itself into the ruler of the waves, tracing the impact this had on the British way of life and taking in the Industrial Revolution, the beginnings of Empire and the birth of modern racism along the way. It also unearths startling evidence showing how many families that think of them as ‘pure’ English stock are in fact descended from slave ancestors.
From approximately 1525 to 1866, 12.5 million Africans were forcibly transported across the Middle Passage to serve as slaves in the New World. Life aboard slave ships was agonizing and dangerous; nearly 2 million slaves would perish on their journey across the Atlantic. #HistoryChannel
Professor Alice Roberts comes to Bristol and examines the truth behind Britain's slave trade. Subscribe to Channel 4 Documentary: https://bit.ly/2IzNJyi Watch the FULL series on All 4: https://bit.ly/2q7Qema #BritainsMostHistoricTowns #Channel4Documentary #Channel4 #Documentary
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