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Free at Last
First broadcast March 2007

Abolitionist Olaudah Equiano and ship's rigging

Between the 15th and the 19th Centuries up to 15 million people were forced to migrate from the African continent to the New World, where they were forcibly enslaved.

As part of the commemorations for the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British transatlantic slave trade, Free at Last investigates the unexplored history of black and African resistance to slavery.

What were the acts of rebellion and sacrifice that brought the slave trade to an end? Who were the heroes of the story?

Part Two: The Road to Emancipation

What were the stages on the road to abolition and emancipation?

Greater enlightenment, economic disincentives and black people themselves all made a contribution.

Part two looks at the underlying causes that brought about a demise to the lucrative enterprise of slavery.

Listen to more programmes from the World Service Abolition season

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