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The Liverpool Slave Trade- What compelled society to allow the slave trade to happen?


This afternoon, we explored the varying beliefs and conflicting perspectives of British society at the time of the slave trade. We examined how religion, social prejudice and government played a central role in shaping society’s beliefs regarding slaves and the slave trade. After sifting through the various testimonies and sources, we then debated the question: What compelled society to allow the slave trade to happen? The debate conjured up many interesting opinions and we were able to develop our own perspective of the actions of society during this time.


Callum from Class 13 says: "I believe that poorer members of society were left with no choice but to be a part of the horrific slave trade in Liverpool as it provided jobs for many people who were starving and couldn't look after their families. People were desperate."