Atlantic Slave Trade - Famous abolitionists

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Atlantic Slave Trade - Famous abolitionists

  1. 1. Frederick Douglass Douglass escaped slavery and a was prominent anti-slavery campaigner. He helped run abolitionist campaigns in the USA. He also travelled to countries - including the UK - to describe his terrible experiences, and urge the abolition of the trade.
  2. 2. William Wilberforce Wilberforce was an MP who campaigned for 20 years against the slave trade. He regularly gave speeches and proposed anti-slavery laws in Parliament.
  3. 3. Thomas Clarkson Clarkson was a Quaker. He helped found the campaign group ‘The Society for Affecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade’. He toured British slave ports collecting evidence of slave trade to show horrors.
  4. 4. Olaudah Equiano Equiano was a former slave. He managed to buy his freedom and then set up an anti-slavery group. He also wrote books and spoke at public meetings.
  5. 5. John Newton Newton was a former slave ship captain. He wrote a book about the evils of the slave trade and spoke at public meetings. He famously wrote the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’.
  6. 6. Hannah More More was a teacher who became a writer. During this time she met many people involved in the anti-slavery movement and became an active member too.
  7. 7. Granville Sharp Sharp was involved in setting up an anti-slavery campaign after meeting a former slave. A number of legal challenges to the slave trade were organised by Sharp, helping some slaves get freedom.

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