The Great Abolition Sham : The True Story of the End of the British Slave Trade Paperback
Seventeenth century Britain was built on the back of the slave trade and few of the wealthy merchants who profited from this human trafficking thought about the lost lives behind their luxuries. By the eighteenth century things were different, people from all classes of society began to question whether anyone had the right to buy and sell another human being, and so the Abolition Movement was born. History has created 'heroes' out of William Wilberforce and the Anglican Church, as the leaders on this road to emancipation. However, were they really the freedom fighters we have been led to believe? Or were they, along with the British Government, more embroiled in the hypocrisy and double dealing of the day that ensured that slavery existed for far longer than it should have done?
This book reveals the whole and often sordid truth behind the abolition story we think we know so well.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 252 pages, 12 black and white illustrations
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/02/2007
- Category: Social & cultural history
- ISBN: 9780750934916