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Why Abolition?

What is this talk/activity about?

How human rights and a fear of revolution converged to bring about a defining moment in world history. This talk by Christer Petley, Professor of Atlantic History, is about the decision by the British parliament to abolish the slave trade, in 1807: a defining moment in the histories of slavery and of empire, the legacies of which continue to shape lives and provoke debate in our own times.

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All Ages

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Art and Design





Religious Education (RE)/Religious Studies (RS)

Is this talk available as a pre-recorded video?

Yes! Please contact or complete the request form to access the full video.

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