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
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
- "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
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
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
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