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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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 ... ....

Presentation on antislavery movement in Illinois will be Feb. 16 at Pekin library

Journal Star 10 Feb 2019
PEKIN — Jeanne Schultz Angel, executive director of the Nineteenth Century Club and Charitable Association in Oak Park, will present "Illinois Antislavery and the Struggle for Freedom," at 2 p.m....

UK to appoint top cop as new antislavery chief

Business Day 03 Feb 2019
London — One of Britain's most senior police officers is to be appointed the country's new antislavery chief almost nine months after the inaugural commissioner resigned citing government interference ... Kevin Hyland was appointed as the inaugural independent antislavery ......

Antislavery law proposed

The Japan News 10 Jan 2019
Reuters KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — A Hong Kong lawmaker vowed Wednesday to launch a renewed push for an antislavery law, warning there was “no room” for delay as thousands of victims are trapped in the city ...There is really no room for any further delay,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Hong Kong ... Click to play....

Australia targets big business and public sector with modern-day antislavery law

Business Day 29 Nov 2018
... 2015 antislavery legislation ... “It’s a significant step forward for modern slavery — it is the strongest legislation in the world,” said Jenn Morris, CEO of antislavery organisation Walk Free Foundation....

Major companies urged to stop telling antislavery ‘fairytales’

Business Day 04 Nov 2018
From tea and chocolate makers to hotels, many companies sign up to antislavery certification schemes or codes of conduct at the expense of taking direct action to engage with their workers and ......

Nonfiction: Were the Founders Against Slavery All Along?

New York Times 18 Oct 2018
Sean Wilentz’s “No Property in Man” argues that despite some expedient compromises, the Constitution’s writers were careful to plant the seeds of abolition ... ....

Modern slavery: migrants forced to work gruelling hours at hand car washes

The Conversation 18 Oct 2018
SomeDriftwood/flickr , CC BY-NC Chances are you will have seen them, at the side of the road, at petrol stations or supermarket car parks. You might have even used one – with low competitive pricing and a quick finish, it’s hard not to feel like a hand car wash is a bit of a bargain ... Romanian was the most common nationality ... ....

Watchdog warns Britain is breaking antislavery law by jailing human trafficking victims

Business Day 18 Sep 2018
LondonFemale victims of human trafficking in Britain are being jailed wrongly in breach of a landmark antislavery law as the government fails to identify cases of women being forced to commit crimes, say campaigners ... Britain’s 2015 Modern Slavery Act has a defence for victims forced to commit crimes ... About half of them were women....

Freed Mauritanian antislavery activists vow to keep on fighting

Business Day 19 Jul 2018
Dakar — Two antislavery activists freed from prison in Mauritania vowed to rescue their nation from one of the world’s worst slavery rates, saying jail and torture were no deterrent ... Human rights groups say the government has made no effort to stamp it out and arrests those who speak out against it ... Thomson Reuters Foundation ....

Letter: Antislavery efforts deserve U.S. support

Times Union 10 Jul 2018
Last week, the U.S. Department of State released the 2018 trafficking in persons report ... antislavery efforts, reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and appoint a new ambassador to head the Trafficking in Persons office. Charles Kriss, Esq....

Australian antislavery law compels businesses to take action

Business Day 11 May 2018
London — More than 3,000 businesses in Australia would be forced to disclose how they tackle the threat of modern slavery under a proposed law hailed by politicians and campaigners on Thursday as stronger than Britain’s landmark antislavery legislation ... antislavery tsar....

Britain launches antislavery campaign

Business Day 28 Sep 2017
LondonPeople who look unkempt, scared or work without proper clothing might be the victim of slavery, Britain’s antislavery body says, urging the public to report any suspicions ... ....

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