Atlantic Slave Trade - Abolitionist methods


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Atlantic Slave Trade - Abolitionist methods

  1. 1. Anti-slavery campaigners used many different tactics to win support for their cause. Anti-slavery groups were set up. Books, newspapers, pamphlets and leaflets were produced arguing against the trade.
  2. 2. Public meetings were held across the country too, including former slaves as speakers. Religious groups spoke out against the trade, both at religious services and other special meetings too.
  3. 3. One very famous public meeting took place in Scotland. Escaped slave Frederick Douglass spoke in Glasgow, criticising the Free Church of Scotland. The church had taken donations from slave owners. Douglass demanded that they “send back the money.”
  4. 4. A campaign was set up to persuade people to boycott (refuse to buy) sugar produced by slaves. Some MPs – especially William Wilberforce – spoke out against slavery and tried to introduce laws against it.
  5. 5. Josiah Wedgewood, founder of the famous Wedgewood pottery company, was a slave abolitionist. His company produced a medallion titled ‘Am I not a man and a brother?’ which became a very popular design.
  6. 6. Former slaves played a key role in the abolitionist campaign too, setting up a campaign group called the Sons of Africa. People such as Ottobah Cugoano and Olaudah Equiano wrote books and spoke against the trade.
  7. 7. Some anti-slavery campaigners brought to court legal challenges against the slave trade. People such as Granville Sharp helped some slaves be granted their freedom after being kidnapped or attacked by their owners.
  8. 8. Thomas Clarkson famously took part in a tour of British slave ports to gather evidence of the slave trade. This included speaking to sailors, describing conditions on the slave ships and also collecting items such as shackles and branding irons.