Freedom for (Almost) Everyone!

On 1 August 1834, the Slavery Abolition Act passed by Parliament the previous year came into effect, abolishing slavery throughout the British Empire, with the exceptions of the East India Company’s territories and the islands of Ceylon and Saint Helena. The slavery abolition movement really got started in England in 1772, when Lord Mansfield, sitting in judgment in the Somersett’s Case, declared that slavery was … Continue reading Freedom for (Almost) Everyone!

Off With You, Now!

On 19 March 1649, to the surprise of probably nobody, an Act of Parliament abolished the House of Lords, declaring that ‘the Commons of England [find] by too long experience that the House of Lords is useless and dangerous to the people of England.’ The abolition of the House of Lords came on the heels of the execution of Charles I on 30 January; presumably … Continue reading Off With You, Now!