Bury the Chains: The British Struggle to Abolish Slavery

Bury and Chains: The British Struggle to Abolish Slavery by Adam Hochschild
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  • annakovtun.com/includes/map8.php For all its terrible theme, Hochschild's book is not in the least depressing, because it is suffused with admiration for the courage and enlightenment of the men and women who crusaded against this evil, and finally prevailed' Max Hastings, Sunday Telegraph.

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    A solid, but occasionally padded, history of the UK's abolition of the slave trade and eventually slavery, covering roughly One main thesis is that the abolitionists' methods, including Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce worked together to abolish the British slave trade. Wilberforce was a long time MP.

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    After the war, many of these were returned to their masters, which was part of the terms of the treaty of Paris. He asks direct and hard questions. This is a wonderful, inspiring book. I knew a few things about the abolition movement as it was, but there were so many more key characters that were filled out for me. Reports Introduction Phase 1: Wilberforce lost the debate by votes to An interesting and probably thorough account on the attempts of Quakers and other humanitarian Britons to abolish the Britain to Africa to West Indies slave trade between the American Revolution and the Emancipation Act in the mid s.

    Clarkson was a pioneer organizer, travelling and writing incessantly about The great success described in the book was the ability of the abolitionists to draw connections between the near and the far, creating an imaginative bridge between two worlds which would otherwise remain distant Hochschild This was achieved according to Hochschild by developing a political lobbying group which was the forerunner of the political machines that operate in western democracies today.

    The attention of the book is therefore is wholly on the abolition movement as a highly organised, political group, rather than as a collection of individuals motivated by religious concerns.

    Eighteenth-century Britain was the world’s leading centre for the slave trade. Profits soared and fortunes were made, but in things began to change. Bury The Chains tells the remarkable story of the men who sought to end slavery and brought the issue to the heart of British. This is the story of a handful of men, led by Thomas Clarkson, who defied the slave trade and ignited the first great human rights movement. Beginning in , a.

    Just as others have previously privileged the economic over the humanitarian, Hochschild favours the political over the religious. Religion is painted as complacent in Bury the Chains , inactive in comparison to the momentum of political will.

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    The book states, regarding John Newton, 'for more than thirty years after he left the slave trade, during which time he preached thousands of sermons, published half-a-dozen books and wrote, 'Amazing Grace' and other hymns, Newton said not a word in public against slavery' Hochschild The political mode of operating by the abolitionists is shown by Hochschild as highly influential in the Reform Bill of as well as subsequent trade union movements throughout the nineteenth century. Both the means of achieving the ends and the subject itself was recalled by others as a means of advancing their claims; 'again, and again for domestic reform of all sorts drew on the antislavery movement as a tactical model and on slavery itself as a powerful metaphor Hochschild Bury the Chains therefore attempts to reclaim the victory of abolitionism as a political achievement rather than its traditional perception as a product of the fervent religiosity of the proponents of the Act.

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