2.15 – British Abolitionists, part II


Today’s readings will cover much of the same material as Amazing Grace, but from a scholarly perspective.

Drescher, 98-107, 112, 118-123, 170-171, 179, 205-228

Other optional readings:

BBC, British Anti-Slavery

BBC, Additional articles regarding British abolitionism

: you do not need to read all the assigned pages from Drescher. My hope is that you will, but it is not required, and I will not hold you accountable in class discussion for doing so. However, what is required is that you be able to answer the discussion questions. Rather than reading all the pages from Drescher, you are welcome to use other resources to answer the questions, but if the answers are not thorough and detailed, your grade will be reduced.

Discussion Questions

[1] What was the significance of the Somerset case for the abolitionist movement?

[2] What were some of the major strategies used by British abolitionists to promote the growth of antislavery sentiment among the British people? Be able to identify at least five different tactics.

[3] What were some of the signs of the strength of pro-slavery interests in the British empire during the late 18th and early 19th century?

[4] In your view, what were the most important factors that led Britain to end its participation in the Atlantic slave trade in 1807?

[5] Did you notice any substantial differences between Amazing Grace and scholarly accounts of the British abolitionist movement (such as that provided in Drescher’s work)?




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