Lecture: The Struggle to end slavery and the slave trade 1802-1843 - the forgotten role of Henry Brougham

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Speaker: John Morewood

Participation by British subjects in the slave trade did not end with the famous 1807 Act, forever associated with William Wilberforce. Further legislation was necessary against the slave trade and, in the 1830s, against slavery itself. Indeed, the celebrated act was a comparative failure and Wilberforce had very little impact on later legislation. One man who did have a critical impact however was Henry Brougham, at one time ‘the most famous man in England’. In this talk we will look at Brougham’s contribution to this key issue, and to St Albans.

John, President-elect of the Society, is an historian specialising in the Napoleonic Wars. His PhD will shortly be submitted to the Institute of Historical Research.

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