Clarkson Reviews



With the release of the film Amazing Grace there was some debate about the portrayal of some of Thomas Clarkson amongst other criticisms. The following page addresses these -

  • Ten reasons why the portrayal of Thomas Clarkson in the film 'Amazing Grace' should not be seen as historically accurate........ Article



The work of Thomas Clarkson received increased publicity as a result of the 2007 Abolition season on the BBC. Programmes included a showing of the following

  • Rough Crossings - The story of John Clarkson and Sierra Leone (as outlined in Simon Schama’s book of the same name. This can be seen on you-tube at

talks by Schama on the subject can also be found on you-tube

Recommended Reading on the Clarksons

  • Gibson-Wilson, Ellen (1989) - Thomas Clarkson- A biography (Macmillan)
  • Gibson-Wilson, Ellen (1980) - John Clarkson & The African Adventure (Macmillan)
  • Gibson-Wilson, Ellen (1996 & 2007) - The Clarkson's of Wisbech and the Abolition of the Slave Trade (Booklet available from Wisbech and Fenland Museum)
  • Gifford, Zerbanoo (1996) - Thomas Clarkson and the Campaign Against Slavery (Anti-Slavery International)
  • Hochschild, Adam (2005) – Bury the Chains
  • Powell, Roger (2007) - Why Here? Why Then? (Booklet available from Wisbech and Fenland Museum)
  • Schama, Simon (2005) – Rough Crossings (BBC Publications)

Primary Source Material

  • Clarkson, Thomas (1786) - An essay on the slavery and commerce of the human species, particularly the African.... with additions.
  • Clarkson, Thomas (1808) - History of the rise, progress, and accomplishment of the abolition of the African slave trade by the British Parliament 2 Vols.

Other Material