Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

What made the public in britain feel that the slave trade was wrong?

i mean on both moral economic and any other grounds?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Much like their counterparts in North America, the citizens of Great Britain were divided on the issue. There were those who, much like the abolitionists, campaigned that slavery was an immoral institution which needed to be eliminated, there were those who didn't really care either way, and then there were those who had a financial stake in enterprises which utilized slave labor...or in the trading of slaves themselves.

    For the first group, it consisted primarily of those with similar religious and ethical upbringings as the Quakers, who were raised to believe in the sanctity of every human life, regardless of the color of their skin or national origin. It was these people who made up the core of the abolitionist movements on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

    The British with an interest in the slave trade included plantation owners in the Caribbean, who relied almost exclusively on slave labor to grow, harvest and process the crops which were made into Rum and other products. There were also the slave traders themselves, as well as the men of the shipping companies, who shipped slaves from Africa to the Caribbean, rum from the Caribbean to Great Britain, and then sent the boats back to Africa to start it all over again.

    The last group would be the ones who really didn't care. They didn't have a moral or business stake in either direction, and pretty much just went along with however things worked out.

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