Posts Tagged “slavery”

The abolition of slavery

Posted on March 25th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

The slave trade was abolished in the British Empire on this day in 1807. The Bury and Norwich Post reported that the Bishop of Landaff thought slavery was ‘so barbarous and inhumane that the abolition of it would be recorded in Heaven.’ Bury and Norwich Post – Wednesday 01 April 1807 Image © THE BRITISH […]

The Execution of John Brown, 2 December 1859 – and Victor Hugo’s Thoughts on John Brown

Posted on November 29th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘No, not tired; but don’t keep me waiting longer than necessary’ – John Brown John Brown, the radical abolitionist of slavery, was hanged in Charles Town, Viriginia, on 2 December 1859, after being found guilty of treason against the state of Virginia. Here is a dramatic newspaper story – published just three weeks after the event […]