Thomas Clarkson, Engraved Portrait, ca. 1820.
Letter from Thomas Clarkson to Richard Chandler. London, October 24, 1791.
In 1787, Thomas Clarkson, perhaps the greatest proponent of the abolitionist
movement in England, helped establish the Committee for the Abolition
of the African Slave Trade. Clarkson collected and publicized compelling
evidence against slavery and used his political influence to speak out
against slavery throughout England and France. After Parliament passed
the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in 1807, Clarkson wrote the History
of the Rise, Progress, and Accomplishment of the African Slave Trade,
which was instrumental in bringing about the final abolition of slavery
in Great Britain in 1833.
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