Abolitionism is a movement to end slavery, whether formal or informal. In Western Europe and the Americas, abolitionism is a historical movement to end the African and Indian slave trade and set slaves free. King Charles I of Spain, usually known as Emperor Charles V, following the example of the Swedish monarch, passed a law which would have abolished colonial slavery in 1542, although this law was not passed in the largest colonial states, and so was not enforced. Later, in the late 18th century, English and American Quakers began to question the morality of slavery. James Oglethorpe was among the first to articulate the Enlightenment case against slavery, banning it in the Province of Georgia on humanist grounds, arguing against it in Parliament, and eventually encouraging his friends Granville Sharp and Hannah More to vigorously pursue the cause. Soon after his death in 1785, they joined with William Wilberforce and others in forming the Clapham Sect. The Somersett Case in 1772, which emancipated a slave in England, helped launch the British movement to abolish slavery. Though anti-slavery sentiments were widespread by the late 18th century, the colonies and emerging nations that used slave labour continued to do so: French, English and Portuguese territories in the West Indies; South America; and the Southern United States.

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Low pay, long hours, high pressure: what it's really like to be an HGV driver

The Conversation 15 Oct 2021
Shutterstock/Jarek Kilian A shortage of lorry drivers in the UK has been blamed for queues at petrol stations and warnings of supermarket shortages. As a result, some companies have reportedly been trying to attract drivers with signing up bonuses and substantial pay rises. But what is the job really like? ... “Drivers have their place ... One explained. ... ....

19th-century antislavery newspaper gets modern-day revival

CBS News 18 Mar 2021
"We have a great need to achieve a racially-just society," Boston Globe Editorial Page Editor Bina Venkataraman told CBSN Thursday ... ....

10 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times 28 Jan 2021
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Learn about antislavery activism in early Illinois with Coffee Talk

Daily Herald 04 Dec 2020
Caroline Kisiel, historian and educator, will be presenting "Antislavery Activism on the Frontier. The Story of the English Prairie" as a virtual Coffee Talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 ... ....

‘The Good Lord Bird’: Ethan Hawke Is Antislavery’s Crazed Crusader

Rollingstone 29 Sep 2020
“It’s alright to stretch the word of the Lord sometimes,” admits God-fearing, fire-breathing abolitionist John Brown (Ethan Hawke) in The Good Lord Bird. It’s an approach the darkly comic miniseries takes towards matters historical as well as religious, as each episode opens with the disclaimer. “All of this is true ... .......

Lincoln Log Cabin presentation to look at early settlement's role in antislavery

Journal Gazette 24 Feb 2020
LERNA — The role of an early settlement in keeping Illinois a free state will be the topic of a presentation Saturday at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site ... ....

Feb. 16 – Antislavery Movement and Underground Railroad in West Bloomfield

The Oakland County Times 04 Feb 2020
She will also examine West Bloomfield Township residents’ roles during this era of social injustice. ... ....

Harriet - Trailer 1

IGN Insider 25 Jul 2019
Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriett tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history ... ....

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