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The abolition of slavery

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 LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. View the whole newspaper page  


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

‘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 – that reports on the execution of Brown. As a special bonus, we’ve also included a letter written by Victor Hugo in 1860, in which

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