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1807: The Year Britain Abolished its Slave Trade (Part 1)

Documentary, using the academic expertise of Professor Christer Petley at the University of Southampton, exploring the rise of the Abolition movement in Britain in the late 18th century and its ultimate success in passing a bill (1807 Abolition Act) that outlawed the trade in Africans across the Atlantic to the brutal plantation systems established in the Americas. Many consider the movement to have been a 'humanitarian' triumph by evangelical saints such as William Wilberforce over politics of self interest and greed, yet this film attempts to pose an alternative argument - that abolition was only attained through a considered pragmatic approach by certain Members of Parliament, influenced heavily by external factors such as the Haitian Revolution.

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