Slaveriets afskaffelse

Nadia Brakti, Elisabeth Steinberg & Janus Rønbach

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The fokus for this project is slavery in the Danish West Indies and its abolition. Threw a historical review of the situation on the islands, including the living conditions, but also the institutions and the laws that governed slavery, we will discuss the circumstances which led to the abolition of slavery. The conditions of the slaves were horrible and the mechanisms that maintained slavery was brutal. Throughout history, there were many attempts at reform, but the economic interests and the ideology which maintained slavery was not easy to overcome. First when Peter von Scholten toke over the General Governorship in 1827, there was a change in the conditions of slavery. The reason for this must be viewed from four basic factors. The economic conditions which ment that slavery was no longer profitable. Developments in the European ideology, democracy, human rights and humanism. Developments in the international situation where the closest isles had already abolished slavery. The actors who played a role in the abolition, slaves, plantation owners and Peter von Scholten. In the discussion of what led to the abolition and what factors had the greatest impact, we include a number of books from the scientific literature. These historians represent different views about what factors were crucial in the abolition of slavery. Hall believes that the ideological changes that was broad on by the Enlightenment, was part of undermining the ideological fandation which maintained slavery, and that the actions of Peter von Scholten and the slaves contributet to this development. Jens Vibæk on the other hand is of the opinion, that Scholten was the main catalyst for change in the Westindies. Ove Hornby has an emphasis on both the international environment, development of the economy and changes in the ideological composition of the age. He also mentions the people whom were part of the event, but his focus is on the general historical development rather than individuals.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2014
VejledereHenrik Jensen


  • slave
  • dansk vestindiske øer
  • emancipation
  • slaver
  • virgin islands
  • frigørelse