The Fight to Abolish Slavery 01
Mary Prince, a former slave, was the first woman to present an anti-slavery petition to Parliament.

The Fight to Abolish Slavery 01

This KS3 History quiz takes a look at the fight to abolish slavery. Slavery had been abolished in England in the 12th century. This ban did not apply to the colonies and so slavery was widespread throughout the British Empire. In 1783, an abolition movement was started by a group of quakers. They objected to slavery on religious grounds. In 1793, Canada became the first place in the colonies to outlaw slavery. The British Parliament passed a law in 1808 which banned the slave trade but not slavery. This was not one hundred percent successful but naval patrols caught many slave ships and the slaves were resettled in the West Indies.

At the same time, on the other side of the Atlantic, the movement for the abolition of slavery was gathering strength in the USA. Slaves who had escaped from slavery via the underground railroad were beginning to campaign. One of these was Isabella Baumfree. She was already a devout Christian but in 1843, she became a Methodist, changed her name to Sojourner Truth and became a major campaigner against slavery.

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  1. Who was the first woman to present an anti-slavery petition to Parliament?
    She was a former slave
  2. Many in the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade were .......
    They believed slavery was against Christian teaching
  3. In 1787 who published his story of life as a slave?
    His shocking story helped the abolitionists
  4. William Dolben tried to put a legal limit on what?
    Slaves were transported by ship
  5. Who was NOT a founder member of the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade?
    Wedgewood's pottery made ceramic medallions of a slave in chains with the slogan of the society written below the kneeling figure
  6. Who wrote the 18th century pamphlet 'Thoughts Upon Slavery'?
    He founded the Methodist religion
  7. In 1792 who made a powerful speech against slavery?
    He was British Prime Minister at the time
  8. A former slave who campaigned against slavery in the USA was called .......
    She was born into slavery but later escaped with one of her children
  9. What was the name of the M.P. who led the campaign to end slavery?
    He brought many abolition bills before Parliament
  10. Those who fought to end slavery were called what?
    Most abolitionists were white people who realised that slavery was immoral

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