J.M.W. Turner, Slavers Throwing the Dead and
Dying Overboard, Typhoon Coming On, 1840
The Abolition of Slavery and the Slave Trade
- 1772: Mansfield Case (No Slave could be forcibly
removed from England)
- 1773: Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects
- 1775: American War for Independence begins
- 1781: Nov-Dec: 131 slaves thrown overboard the slave ship
Zong to allow the owners to collect insurance
- 1783: American War for Independence ends
- 1786: Wheatley's Poems published in U. S.
- 1789: French War for Independence begins
- Equiano's Narrative published (England)
- 1791: Equiano's Narrative published
- 1793: France abolished slavery in St. Dominique
- 1802: Slavery reestablished by French under
- 1804: Haitian Independence
- 1807: Britain, U.S. abolish slave trade
- 1831: Prince's History published
- 1833: Slavery in British territories "abolished"
- (As of Aug. 1, 1834, for those under six; others become
unpaid "Apprentices" for six year period)
- 1838: July 1: All British slaves freed
- 1863: Emancipation Proclamation in U.S.
- 1865: Thirteenth Amendment to U.S. Constitution
ratified, ending slavery
- What arguments were used by supporters of slavery during
- Explain the negative consequences of associating
abolitionism with Jacobinism.
- What events finally led to the abolition of slavery?
"Essay on the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species" (1788)
- Explain the rhetorical strategy employed by Clarkson
in his discussion of the interaction of Christians and
- Describe what happened aboard the slave ship Zong
Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
"On the Slave Trade" (1796)
- What, according to Coleridge, is the main cause of
- Why, according to Coleridge, are slave-captains and
slaveholders "more to be pitied than slaves" (116)?
- Explain Coleridge's appeal to Christians.
- Explain: "Sensibility is not Benevolence" (117).
- Explain: "Benevolence impels to action, and is accompanied
by self-denial" (117).
- Explain the "triangular trade" (95).
- Why, according to the editors, were most white Britons at
the time unconcerned with the problem of slavery?
- What does impressment involve?
- Describe the dimensions of a slave vessel.
- Describe the conditions inside the vessel.