1500-1799 | Antisemitism | Racism

Widespread celebrations follow repeal of the ‘Jew Bill’

27 December 1753 In the summer of 1753, the Whig government passed a bill enabling Jews, who were already resident in Britain, to be naturalised without having to receive the sacrament at Holy Communion. With a general election scheduled for the following year, opposition politicians and newspapers promptly whipped up public fears that their ‘Christian…

1800-1859 | Executions | Jamaica | Slavery

Slaves in Jamaica refuse to work for their British slave masters

27 December 1831 On 27 December 1831, a widespread slave strike occurred in Jamaica, then an integral part of the British Empire. A severe drought during the summer had brought increased hardship for the slave population, which was compounded by the ruthlessness of the plantation owners, who insisted on their legal right to flog both…

1920-1939 | Martial law

27 DECEMBER

WIDESPREAD CELEBRATIONS FOLLOW REPEAL OF THE ‘JEW BILL’ [ 27 December 1753 ] In the summer of 1753, the Whig government passed a bill enabling Jews, who were already resident in Britain, to be naturalised without having to receive the sacrament at Holy Communion. SLAVES IN JAMAICA REFUSE TO WORK FOR THEIR BRITISH SLAVE MASTERS…