MORE PROPERLY CALLED SLAVES, BONUS PART

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).

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This will only be a summary, a closing of the main points of the TAST.

Main points:

  1. Ending the TAST had been on the cards for at least 50 years before official abolition, even before there was an abolitionist movement.
  2. 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.
  3.  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‘.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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