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In 1833 Britain abolished slavery, a defining and celebrated moment in history. But it came at a price. Forty percent of the country's financial budget - PS16.5 billion in today's money - was used to compensate the former slave owners. Exploring this extraordinary step taken by the British government, this…
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Part of the Series: Forgotten Slave Owners
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The Price of Freedom
Part of the Series: Forgotten Slave Owners
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