Anti-slavery campaigns in Britain and their impact on the formation of the United States

How the American colonies’ breakaway from Britain stimulated the growth of slavery in the US.

Journal of People

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Pambazuka News | February 24, 2019

 Zong massacre of 1781 by the British slave traders

The leaders of the 18th century separatist movement from England were not motivated by a genuine desire for freedom and equality.

If the so-called American Revolution of 1776 was truly committed to breaking with monarchical and autocratic rule from the United Kingdom then why did slavery grow at a rapid rate after the achievement of independence of the former 13 colonies in North America?

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6 thoughts on “Anti-slavery campaigns in Britain and their impact on the formation of the United States

  1. Fifteen colonies not thirteen.Hand in glove reciprocal ventures don’t usually ask for credentials, because they have none worthy of mention unless you want to advertize that you have signed a pact with the devil.
    Thanks Dr. Stuart.


  2. The “colonies” were the result of white slavery using the poor, beggars, widows and debtor prisoners being sold by the Crown Shipping Company (still in existence today) as a means to clean the streets of England with the purpose of making life better for those who didn’t fall into these catagories. These people were sold to noblemen who had been gifted massive tracts of land in what is now North and South Carolina and eventually Georgia. Those sold into slavery were considered a “waste population”…disposables. This went on for 175 years prior to the black slavery. During the period of white slavery…when England could not produce enough bodies, the Crown then went to Ireland and began the same process although not nearly as selectively. The propensity of men to view others as chattel based on gender, race or religious beliefs never ceases to amaze me. That being said, there is an entire untold history of how we came to be a nation than the usual stories about Plymouth rock and the Puritans that precedes the Puritans by at least 100 years. But we dont ever talk about that.


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