Abolition and Emancipation
Printed drawings and other imagery played a big part in persuading British people to join the fight against the slave trade and slavery. In an era when many people could not read, images reached out to many more people than written documents could. They also made a direct appeal to people’s emotions.
There are three images in the resources. The first two (11A and 11B) come from the fight against the slave trade. The third one (11C) is a celebration of the complete emancipation of the slaves in 1838. All three were designed and produced by British artists.
11A – Wedgwood medallion