Bury the Chains

Hochschild, Adam
April 2005
Literary Cavalcade;Apr2005, Vol. 57 Issue 7, p12
This article focuses on how an essay sparked an international human rights movement that changed the course of history. In 1787, a small group of British citizens initiated a grassroots campaign to end slavery, a practice the vast majority of Britons regarded as not only acceptable, but vital. An analogy today might be how some people think about automobiles. For reasons of global warming, air quality, traffic, noise, and dependence on oil, one can argue, the world might be better off without cars. The 1700s were, of course, the century of the Enlightenment, the upwelling of ideas about human rights that eventually led to the American and French revolutions, expanded suffrage, and much more.


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