“Semblance of a Sabbath” The Complex Relationship of Christianity and Slavery in the British Empire

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Grace Burrus


In the world’s largest empire, the sun is said to never set. In the peak of the British Empire’s power, wealth and opportunities for Britons in the expansive empire were plentiful. The entirety of the British Empire’s history, from rise to fall, lasted more than two centuries and is filled with triumphs and failures in a multitude of fields, none more so than slavery. At the height of the British Empire, the institution of slavery was a disturbing cornerstone in the economic practices of the metropole and auxiliaries. The study of the British Empire, from sunrise to sunset, is important to understanding global history and the institution of slavery.

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