Drawing on major new research,  this long-overdue and groundbreaking history provides a gripping narrative account of the tumultuous and often violent battle - between rebels and planters,  between abolitionists and the pro-slavery establishment - that divided and scarred the nation during these years of upheaval. The Interest reveals the lengths to which British leaders went to defend the indefensible in the name of profit,  showing that the ultimate triumph of abolition came at a bitter cost and was one of the darkest and most dramatic episodes in British history. 

The Interest