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Slavery: The Abolition of The Slave Trade Act

Updated Wednesday 29th July 2015

A rare look into the role of people in Ireland in both the perpetuation and abolition of the slave trade.

The Slave Trade Act was abolished in 1807 following a brutal trade in human beings, the consequences of which still reach through the decades to the present.  As we welcome the growing diversity and cultural variation of modern society, we also consider the role of people in Ireland, North and South, in both perpetuating the trade, and in winning its abolition.  Commissioned by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister and the Northern Ireland Office in 2007, this document marked the bicentenary of the abolition of The Slave Trade Act.  Historian and academic, Nini Rodgers, guides us through the involvement of people on the island of Ireland in the trade; the growth of the Irish Anti-Slavery Movement; Ireland’s involvement in helping to end the trade; and its final abolition and legacy, reflecting on modern slavery: the bondage and barbarism of Human Trafficking.

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