Slavery: correcting the UK’s record

Many people know little about how, historically, the law helped slavery flourish in England.

You may have heard of William Wilberforce and how he helped to abolish the slave trade in 1807. He also contributed to the abolition of slavery itself in 1833.

The removal of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston has been a long-standing debate in Bristol. The demonstrators angrily tied ropes to the bronze figure and pulled it from its pedestal made of stone. Courtesy

You might know a bit about how slavery ended but not how the legal and economic infrastructure also maintained it.