Sunday 16 April 2017

Sunday Snap – The abolition of slavery

We were crossing over from Lincolnshire to Yorkshire for last week's Sunday Snap. I asked which bridge it was and the answer is

The Humber Bridge

Crossing over safely with the right answer were Kara and Sarah.

We went over the Humber Bridge on our way to Hull and the birthplace of a man synonymous with the abolition of slavery. Born into a wealthy merchant's family in 1759 he defied childhood illnesses and the death of his father when he was just nine years old to become an Independent MP at the age of 21. Although he had a religious upbringing with elements of both traditional Anglicism and the new, more evangelical Methodist movement at the age of 17 his lifestyle changed as he started his studies at Cambridge. The deaths of both his uncle and grandfather had left him a wealthy young man and allowed him to indulge in drinking, gambling and playing cards. His wealth enabled him to buy the votes required to become a MP. From the moment he entered Parliament he was noted for his eloquence and mastery when making speeches. During his early political career he maintained his social life with frequent visits to gambling clubs however in 1784 he underwent a religious conversion. This changed the course of his life and his political concerns.

By the 1780s the calls to end the slave trade had started. In 1783 80% of Britain's income had come from the slave trade that took people from Africa to the West Indies and then selling on the sugar, tobacco and cotton they had produced. The arduous journey from Africa to the Caribbean led to the deaths of around 10% of the enslaved men, women and children. The process to make slavery illegal was not an easy one with several bills going through parliament which were either defeated or passed in a watered-down version. Finally on 25th March 1807 The Slave Trade Act was passed. This only stopped the trading of slaves in the British Empire and so the work continued for the total worldwide abolition and the emancipation of the slaves. His lifelong battle with ill-health continued but he maintained his campaign for the freedom of slave workers. A month after his death in July 1833 the Slavery Abolition Act was passed thus ensuring the freedom of nearly 800,000 African slaves. His birthplace is now Britain's first slavery museum and the statue stands in the garden. This week's question is

Who is the statue of?

We were joined last week by Susan and some colourful football watching. The hamsters have been having their cages cleaned at Anne's. Kara's crew have been visiting Kenilworth Castle exploring inside. In Norway Cheryl has been troll spotting. Finally, Gentle Joy has been watching the geese at sunset.

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  1. I'm going with my hunches on this one and saying William Wilberforce.

  2. I am ashamed to say that Ihave no idea :(

  3. Ooh I know this one - William Wilberforce - but only because I was telling the kids at school about Abraham Lincoln and the abolition of slavery in America and they asked if there was slavery in England so I looked it up. Otherwise, I'd never heard of him, which is shocking.

  4. I'm sorry, I do not know the answer to your question... Thank you for the link party... I appreciate it. :)

  5. Oh I have no idea,sorry. Happy Easter lovely x

  6. I never knew Wilberforce was born in Hull. I live in Clapham, London and he was part of the Clapham Sect, going to a church on Clapham Common.

    It says in Wikipedia that he died three days after the Abolition of Slavery Act was passed in Parliament, having campaigned for it for over 40 years.


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