The Fight to Abolish Slavery 02
A sugar boycott was organised by Elizabeth Heyrick in Leicester to protest against slavery.

The Fight to Abolish Slavery 02

See how much you can remember from your KS3 History classes in this quiz on the fight to abolish slavery. In the 1760s, Britain transported and sold more slaves than all the other countries put together. Granville Sharp was one of the sons of the Archdeacon of Northumberland and had a strong social conscience. He was involved in many different good causes, but is best known as being one of the founder members of the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade in 1787 which campaigned for the next 20 years.

Despite the Slave Trade Act of 1807, slavery continued and slaves were traded illegally. The Anti-Slavery Society was founded in 1823. The politician most associated with this society is William Wilberforce. As a result of campaigning and perhaps because of a massive slave revolt in Jamaica, the Slavery Abolition Act was passed by parliament in 1833. Sadly, William Wilberforce died just over a month before this. The Act gave compensation to slave owners, including some notable figures such as the Bishop of Exeter.

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  1. What was the slogan of the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade?
    It was formed in London and one of its aims was to educate the general public about the injustice of the slave trade
  2. Who organised a sugar boycott in Leicester to protest against slavery?
    Slave labour was used on the sugar plantations of the West Indies
  3. Which runaway slave was legally set free, thanks to Granville Sharp?
    His owner recaptured him but after a court case, he was freed. Sadly he died aged 25
  4. 1791 saw a huge slave revolt on which island?
    The island later became known as Haiti
  5. Who led the rebels on St Domingue?
    The island belonged to France at that time
  6. An 1831 slave uprising on Jamaica was led by .......
    This revolt helped to end British slavery
  7. Anti-abolitionists thought that freed slaves would .......
    The abolitionists used more powerful arguments linked to human rights
  8. The British slave trade was abolished in which year?
    TRADE was abolished throughout the British Empire but not slavery itself
  9. Slavery itself was abolished in all British colonies in which decade?
    The Act was passed as law in August of 1833
  10. Following abolition, what did the slave owners receive?
    The total amount that Parliament set aside for compensation to be paid to slave owners was twenty million pounds. At the time of writing this quiz, the equivalent sum today would have been two billion pounds!

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