The historic timelines for the abolition of slavery by two of our most dominant colonist is set out below.
1. In July 1833, a Bill to abolish slavery throughout the British Empire passed in the House of Commons, followed by the House of Lords on 1st August. There has been a lot of debate over the factors that contributed to the final success of the bill: The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 was repealed in its entirety by the Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1998.
The repeal has not made slavery legal again, with sections of the Slave Trade Act 1824, Slave Trade Act 1843 and Slave Trade Act 1873 continuing in force.
2. Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln decrees that all slaves in Rebel territory are free on January 1, 1863. 1865 Slavery Abolished the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution outlaws slavery.
A definition of slavery is not required here as we are all too versed in its’ scope and definition, suffice it to say though, that one of the striking elements of slavery is the element of “control” that the property owner exercised over his or her property/ chattel as it was classified then. Continue reading