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Josiah Wedgwood

Slavery abolitionist biography
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Hannah AMT

on 23 October 2012

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Transcript of Josiah Wedgwood

Josiah Wedgwood "Am I Not a Man and a Brother?" Activity in Slave Abolition Slave Medallion Later years in life (1787-1795), become an active abolitionist

Interest was roused through friends such as Thomas Clarkson and Thomas Bentley

1787: Founded the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade with Thomas Clarkson and Granville Sharpe Wedgwood’s most important contribution to the abolitionist movement

Became the seal of the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade

Significantly helped spread awareness of the injustices of the slave trade and its abolition

1787: Wedgwood produced first of medallions in jasperware and cameo

•1788: Some were sent to Benjamin Franklin, then leader of the American abolitionist movement

Medallion design was popularly worn in fashion by men and women Background Most important figure in British ceramic history

Born July 12, 1730 in Burslem, Straffordshire

Family was in the pottery business

Contracted smallpox at age 11

Died January 3, 1795 Career Was apprenticed as a thrower by older brother Thomas following the death of their father

1763: Patented a cream-colored pottery, later known as Queen's Ware and was employed by Queen Charlotte

1768: Entered partnership with close friend Thomas Bentley and produced ornamental vases

1771: Built a factory called Etruria Inscription became slogan of British and American abolitionists "Am I Not a Man and a Brother?" Other Mid-Life Events Provided assistance in building the Trent & Mersey Canal

1777: Was able to bring Cornish clay to his factory via the complete canal

Became an Unitarian (a political reformer)

1783: Was elected a member of the Royal Society for inventing the pyrometer, a gadget used to measure high temperatures by Haley and Hannah His most significant contributions in ceramic developments were Josiah Wedgwood died on January 3, 1895.

Although he was unable to witness the end of the British slave trade, he contributed greatly to its abolition during his lifetime. The legacy he left as a great British potter and slave abolitionist still lives. jasperware and basalt.
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