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!

Veto

On 11 March 1708, a piece of legislation known as the Scottish Militia Bill found its way to the desk of Queen Anne, having already been passed by both the Commons and the House of Lords. Anne, however, acted on the advice of her ministers and withheld Royal Assent, effectively killing the bill where it stood. Apparently, she worried that the proposed militia would be … Continue reading Veto