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A balanced account, well written
on 31 January 2007
Britain's involvement with slavery continued for 200 years, and its legacy for another two hundred - in the countries of Africa, among the Affro-carribean community. and in the wealth British society gained from it. This book gives the story of Africa before slavery, its beginnings under the Portuguese, and Britain's leading role in it after the Armada was defeated. The struggle against slavery was strongest among Africans and enslaved people - on board rebellions, attacks on slavers in Africa, and the several successful rebellions in the Carribean; and the work of some highly dedicated and organised people in Britain - Wilberforce, Clarkson, Equiano and the Quakers, who invented the popular political movement - boycotts of slave-produced sugar, parliamentary lobbying, petitions, posters and medallions; which all served to erode Britain's acceptance of
slavery. This is the most balanced account I have read.