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"Ideas that shaped history" discussion group Message Board › Great Britain abolished slavery peacefully. 2 famous opponents of slavery

Great Britain abolished slavery peacefully. 2 famous opponents of slavery

Gary H
gary100dm
North Hollywood, CA
Post #: 235
Two famous opponents of slaver, secular and clergy.

Charles Darwin:

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"I have watched how steadily the general feeling, as shown at elections, has been rising against Slavery. What a proud thing for England, if she is the first European nation which utterly abolish is it. I was told before leaving England, that after living in slave countries: all my options would be altered; the only alteration I am aware of is forming a much higher estimate of the Negros character. It is impossible to see a negro & not feel kindly toward him; such cheerful, open honest expressions & such fine muscular bodies; I never saw any of the diminutive Portuguese with their murderous countenances, without almost wishing for Brazil to follow the example of Haiti; & considering the enormous healthy looking black population, it will be wonderful if at some future day it does not take place." ― Charles Darwin to Catherine Darwin (May 22 - July 14 1833) The Correspondence of Charles Darwin Vol. 1 1821-1836 (1985), pp. 312-313

William Wilberforce:
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"Sir, the nature and all the circumstances of this trade are now laid open to us; we can no longer plead ignorance, we can not evade it; it is now an object placed before us, we can not pass it; we may spurn it, we may kick it out of our way, but we can not turn aside so as to avoid seeing it; for it is brought now so directly before our eyes that this House must decide, and must justify to all the world, and to their own consciences, the rectitude of the grounds and principles of their decision."
- "On the Horrors of the Slave Trade", speech delivered in the House of Commons (12 May 1789)

Alexandra
user 5954395
Los Angeles, CA
Post #: 46
I didn't know that about Darwin!

Too bad his theory was twisted by some to justify the idea that the black race was "naturally inferior"...
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