171st Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery
- Hello EveryoneSlavery was abolished in 1834 and the apprenticeship system brought in, this lasted until 1838 when the former Slaves were fully emancipated.The four year period gave the Planters time to keep their Plantations running and to think of how and where to look for replacement workers.They originally imported European Indentured workers from Ireland, Germany, Malta and Portugal but they were unable to adapt to the conditions, the Planters then looked to Asia (India and China) and the rest is History !Just a few days ago, there was a excellant documentary Programme with a Theologian and Amateur Historian/Genealogist called Robert Beckford, i have seen him before when he first started out and was keen to see this Programme.Incidentally, last week there was a Docu-Drama Programme about the Beckfords of Jamaica and how they made their name through Slavery.This Guy however isn't a descendent of theirs but of one of their Slaves.I had done some research on the Beckfords last year so both Programmes were "must see" Programmes.The Drama showed how the Beckfords went from being Peasants to joining the Aristocracy, becoming Mayors of London and Members of Parliament by the money they made through Slavery.The other programme named and shamed big Institutions and Companies in London that made their money also through Slavery and done calculations on how much Britain would owe if it were to pay reparations to the descendents of Slaves.It was calculated that Britain would have to pay a staggering (sit down for this one) £7,500000,000000,000000 (seven and a half TRILLION) Pounds.Such a amount is impossible to pay as it would bankrupt the Country but it just shows you how much of this Country's wealth came off the back of others !This figure is just for African Slavery alone and doesn't include figures for the Indentured System which would knock it up much further !!Although Indentured labour was paid, the workers were often cheated and were treated the same as the Slaves were before them.I am considering seeing if i can E-Mail Robert Beckford as i will let him know that i have followed his Programmes since he first started, i might get a good response.He appeared on a London Radio Programme with his findings and got nothing but hostility from the Radio Show and it's viewers who unless they have been poorly educated obviously thought Slavery was okay !!The thoughts of the British public hasn't changed too much in 200 years !RegardsJonVisit Budmart.co.uk for all your Collecting needs !
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