Sunday, 25 March 2007

The Slave Trade

25 March 2007 was the 200th anniversary of the 1807 Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. This Act outlawed the slave trade throughout the British Empire and made it illegal for British ships to be involved in the trade, marking the beginning of the end for the transatlantic traffic in human beings.

Read the article from the BBC at
and view the video from YouTube below which shows two Archbishops' reflections on the slave pits in Zanzibar (you will need sound).

Do you think the UK should issue a public apology for their role in the slave trade?
Where else in the world is slavery still an issue today? (Hopefully you learnt something about this in your Citizenship lessons on 23rd March)