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Slavery, 1888-1945


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The slavery section begins with a fairly general box indicating Lugard's concern that Britain should honour her obligations regarding slavery and the slave trade, and his account of the origin of the League of Nations Slavery Convention and Committee of Experts on Slavery.

Succeeding boxes contain material on Lugard's interest in slavery in Abyssinia roused by a visit there on behalf of the Foreign Office in 1920, his subsequent work as British Representative on the Temporary Committee on Slavery in Geneva which drafted the Convention on Slavery adopted by the League of Nations, his disappointment at not being appointed British Representative on the Committee of Experts in 1935 and the subsequent help he afforded W.G.A. Ormsby-Gore who filled that role. There are reports on the enquiries made by that body into the state of personal liberty in many territories and on the procedures of the International Labour Organization in obtaining agreement on labour conventions to safeguard workers in dependent territories. Many official reports on these matters were sent to Lugard for his information. There is also much correspondence from individuals, associations and societies who lobbied him as an interested member of the House of Lords.


  • 1888-1945

Language of Materials

  • English

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom