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Slavery, Abolitionism and Empire in India, 1772-1843$
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Andrea Major

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317583

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317255

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Conclusion: ‘Do Justice to India’: Abolitionists and Indian Slavery, 1839–1843

Conclusion: ‘Do Justice to India’: Abolitionists and Indian Slavery, 1839–1843

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(p.321) Conclusion: ‘Do Justice to India’: Abolitionists and Indian Slavery, 1839–1843
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Slavery, Abolitionism and Empire in India, 1772-1843
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317255.015

The first World Anti-Slavery Convention was held in London in June 1840. It was attended by abolitionists and their sympathisers from across Britain and America to address the universal abolition of slavery and the slave trade, two years after slaves in the British colonies finally received full emancipation. The conference was sponsored by the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, which was founded in 1839 and is now known as the Anti-Slavery Society. Professor William Adam, a former British missionary who had spent many years living in India, delivered a lecture stressing the continued existence of slavery in the East India Company's (EIC) Indian territories and called for renewed abolitionist efforts to complete the work of emancipation in the British Empire. The EIC officials in India would eventually ‘delegalise’ slavery in India through the Indian Slavery Act V. of 1843.

Keywords:   Anti-Slavery Convention, slavery, India, Britain, slave trade, East India Company, William Adam, emancipation, abolition, Anti-Slavery Society

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