This module examines the slave systems of the British Empire and the processes by which these were dismantled. Enslaved people had always resisted slavery, but from the late eighteenth century, the system also came under attack from some within British society. By the 1830s, following mass campaigns, the system was discredited and in the process of being dismantled. For the remainder of the nineteenth century, anti-slavery was one of the mainstays of the British colonizing mission. This, however, was not the end of the slavery story: former slaves struggled to make freedom meaningful in the years after emancipation, and their descendants still endure racist barbs originally mobilised to oppress their ancestors.