Part of the “1619 Project” historical revisionist theory states that the American Revolutionary War was fought to preserve slavery. Implicit in this argument is that the British Government supported ending slavery in the mid 1770s. The revisionists are off by almost 60 years. The British Empire did curb slave trading in 1808 and ended it all together in the mid 1830s. But to argue that the American Revolutionary War was a fight between the “abolitionist British Government of King George III and the slaving holding colonists” is ridiculous.
The British abolitionist movement did not get started until the 1780s after The United States had gained its independence. One of the leaders of the movement was Joseph Westwood, the famous china maker. Almost as it was in America, abolitionism took time to gather political steam. This token, which would be emulated by American abolitionists 50 years later was issued in the 1780s.
Westwood issued this ceramic piece during the same period.
Here is the American version.
In fact disagreements over slavery was one of the factors that could have torn the American Revolutionary movement apart. Representatives to the Continental Congress had heated debates about it. The issue had to be “tabled” in the interest of gaining independence from the British Empire.