Thomas Clarkson

Thomas Clarkson

Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846) was an English abolitionist and a leading campaigner against the slave trade in the British Empire. He was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, and educated at St John's College, Cambridge.

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In 1785, Clarkson won the Latin Essay Prize at Cambridge for his essay "An Essay on the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species". This essay, which was published in 1786, had a profound impact on public opinion and helped to spark the abolitionist movement in Britain.

Clarkson was instrumental in the founding of the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade in 1787. He traveled extensively throughout Britain, gathering evidence of the atrocities of the slave trade and speaking out against it. He also published a number of pamphlets and books on the subject.

Clarkson's work helped to build public support for the abolition of the slave trade. In 1807, Parliament passed the Slave Trade Act, which abolished British involvement in the slave trade. Clarkson continued to campaign for the complete abolition of slavery, and in 1833, Parliament passed the Slavery Abolition Act, which abolished slavery throughout the British Empire.

Clarkson was a tireless advocate for human rights and equality. He was a true humanitarian who dedicated his life to the fight against slavery. He is remembered as one of the most important figures in the abolitionist movement.

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Clarkson's essay An Essay on the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species

Clarkson's work helped to change the world for the better. He is a true inspiration to us all.

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