This is an extra part in the series. It’s not based on the same book (White Cargo), but another one – The Great Abolition Sham: The True Story of The End of The British Slave Trade (by Michael Jordan, ISBN 9780750934916).
This will only be a summary, a closing of the main points of the TAST.
- Ending the TAST had been on the cards for at least 50 years before official abolition, even before there was an abolitionist movement.
- There were many reasons it took so long to move from talk to action – religion, culture, force of habit, fear of revenge, fear of losing the competition against other European powers, even British identity itself.
- The main reason abolition happened was the TAST was no longer economically viable. The slavers had always known their huge profits came at huge risks and that slave-based economies never last indefinitely, so they finally cut their losses and packed it in (as explained in Part 18). The exact term Jordan uses is ‘damage limitation exercise‘.
- Even though stopping the slave trade became law, English government made very slow and meek efforts to enforce it. Ex-slaves were still receiving abuse, Parliament knew and didn’t bat an eyelash.
- William Wilberforce was a self-righteous asswipe. Not only was he not the main voice of the abolitionist movement, he opposed the slave trade BUT NOT SLAVERY.