'Bury the Chains': Britain's End to Slave Trade
Certain events in history people just know — in Great Britain, its well-known that the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. In America, Abraham Lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation in 1863, ending slavery. But few know that seminal event came decades after Britain had already cut its ties to the slave trade. NPR's Tony Cox talks with Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves, about that moment in British history and the impact it had on the emancipation movement in America.
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