Introduction to this Web Collection
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The Abolition of the Slave Trade Act passed in 1807 made it illegal for Britain to kidnap, capture, and transport African people from their homeland. Although slavery itself wasn't abolished for another 80 years in the Americas, 1807 marked a sea change in British public awareness and attitude towards the institution of slavery. The transatlantic African slave trade reached all segments of 18th and 19th century society, a modern day comparison to it would be the IT or the oil industry.
The sites you see archived here attempt to index what was online from June 2007 to June 2008. It details the anniversary and the programs created to educate the public. Slavery still exists in different forms, and some of these sites make strong connections between the past and present, so that the commemoration is relevant to everyone today.
This collection only contains programs/events with an online presence. Other 2007 ephemera not in digital format form part of a related collection deposited at the Black Cultural Archives in London.
The British Slave Trade Legacies project acknowledges kind support from the International Affairs Sub-Committee of the Society of Archivists and assistance with publicity from the MLA and The National Archives. Finally, sincere gratitude goes to staff at the Internet Archive for generously donating the Archive-It service to this project.