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Q: Queen Victoria - Views on Slavery ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Queen Victoria - Views on Slavery
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: kyraeh-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 05 Oct 2003 07:29 PDT
Expires: 04 Nov 2003 06:29 PST
Question ID: 262860
I'm trying to learn more about Queen Victoria's view on Slavery in the
US and British territories.  Did she ever publically share her views
on slavery - either as practiced in the US or in British areas?

Can you provide three references to her views (not the government's
view)?  Thank you -

Request for Question Clarification by techtor-ga on 05 Oct 2003 09:07 PDT
Hello Kyraeh
I wonder what sort of references qualify for you? Would articles on
the Internet that mention a small snippet or a short quote from Queen
Victoria suffice?

Request for Question Clarification by techtor-ga on 05 Oct 2003 11:03 PDT
Hello Kyraeh, 
I've looked around the Internet and it appears that Queen Victoria
hasn't said much about black slavery, though I have seen one quote
from her whick definitely shows an anti-slavery stance. Other
references mention actions, like her receiving slaves as guests,
meeting anti-slavery personalities like Harriet Beecher Stoew and her
hand in the abolition of the British slave trade. But in the latter
references, there's nothing about what Queen Victoria said. I just
wonder if you will accept this scant information as an answer.

Clarification of Question by kyraeh-ga on 05 Oct 2003 11:14 PDT

Yes, Internet references to demonstrate her anti-slavery stance are
acceptable. Thank you -
Subject: Re: Queen Victoria - Views on Slavery
Answered By: techtor-ga on 05 Oct 2003 13:22 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Greetings Kyraeh,
These are I could find on the Internet as valid support for the idea
that Queen Victoria was against slavery. I will list each webpage link
and include a comment about each.

This might pass as one reference on what Queen Victoria said:
Josiah Henson, The Original "Uncle Tom" by Tony Leather
- Quote" 'Queen Victoria had always been special to those, like
Henson, who had been slaves, partly due to her response to the U.S.
fugitive slave laws of 1850, which had been: "As slavery cannot exist
on British soil, no runaway who reachs Canada would ever be returned

Other references:
The Fourth of July by Thomas Sowell (archive), July 6, 2003
- Mentioned that Queen Victoria cried while reading "Uncle Tom's
Cabin" by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It would indicate sympathy for the
black slaves in the era. Later on, the Queen would meet the author.

Queen Victoria & the Bahá'í Faith
- In this article about the Baha'i Faith, Queen Victoria is mentioned
as an abolisher of the slave trade.

Philosophy and Opinions - The Slave Trade - Marcus Garvey
- Mentions that Queen Elizabeth authorized the first slave trade by
the British, while Queen Victoria affirmed its abolition.

PBS Empires - Queen Victoria: The Changing Empire, interview with
experts: James
- "And also she shows us throughout her reign [that] she makes no
differentiation amongst her subjects. Whether they're English,
Scottish, Australian, African or Indian, she sees them as part of [an]
extended family of which she is the matriarch."
Quote from historian James (I could not tell if this is his first or
last name here), indicative that Queen Victoria would prefer to
abolish slavery.

Appendix IV - The Creed Of A Ras Tafari Man
- "...physical slavery was abolished in 1838 and Queen Victoria gave
£20,000,000 to the island of which £ 14.25 million were earmarked for
the repatriation of the black slaves to Africa..." Though the rest of
the article shows that this wasn't really followed.

Queen's Staircase - Nasasu Bahamas
- Monument set up to honor Queen Victoria's help in abolishing slavery
in the Bahamas.

Unheeded Warnings - -England
- Also gives a reference to Queen Victoria's being praised for
abolishing slavery.

My opinion is that at first, the Queen was reluctant to let go of the
slave trade even if she didn't like it for economic reasons, but was
later able to discover some benefits for England in the long run,
especially that of being line with her goal of maintaining a
"Christian" kingdom.

Google Search terms used: 
queen victoria slavery opinion
queen victoria slave trade
queen victoria views slavery

I hope this has been a most helpful answer. If you need anything else,
or have a problem with the answer, do please post a Request for
Clarification and I shall respond as soon as I can. Thank you.
kyraeh-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $4.00
Thanks for such a complete answer!  Look forward to reading the various links.

Subject: Re: Queen Victoria - Views on Slavery
From: techtor-ga on 06 Oct 2003 00:35 PDT
Thanks for the good rating and the tip!

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