Human Traffic Stopped

Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels In the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves
by Adam Hochschild
Houghton Mifflin, 2005
(467 pages, $16.00, paperback)

reviewed by L. P. Fairfield

On March 25, 1807, King George III of England formally ratified a Parliamentary Act abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire. That infamous trade had carried more than three million Africans to misery and death in the Americas since the 1580s. A prominent English lord asserted in 1807 that the Abolition Bill was “the most humane and merciful Act which was ever passed by any legislature in the world.”

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