During the British transatlantic slave trade, which lasted from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, millions of people were taken from their home in Africa and sold in the Americas where they were forced to work for nothing. But these people continually resisted slavery through acts small and large, and during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, slavery reached a breaking point. British poets, novelists, and artists gave voice injustices slavery created, but the most powerful anti-slavery writing of the era came from those of African origin living in England.