David Olusoga on how the slave trade ended in Britain – The Times

Although there were both enslaved and free Black people in Georgian Britain, there was one question that no one had the answer to — was slavery legal in Britain? Should judges in Britain see Black people who had been slaves in the colonies as people or as items of property? The judges themselves could not agree.
One day in the winter of 1765 a lawyer from Barbados named David Lisle savagely beat an enslaved boy called Jonathan Strong who lived with him in his house in London. He struck the boy on the head and face with a pistol then threw him into the street.
Somehow Strong survived and found his way to the surgery of William Sharp, a famous doctor. “The boy seemed ready
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