Which one of the following best describes the main idea of the passage?

Sangwook on May 27, 2014

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According to the answer (b), did Eltis really support for part of William's conclusion? Please explain this. Thanks,

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Melody on May 31, 2014

Check out the following lines:

(29-30) "David Eltis' answer to that question actually supports some of Williams' insights."

(54-58) "Eltis thus concludes that, while Williams may well have underestimated the economic viability of the British colonies employing forced labor in the early 1800s, his insight into the economic motives for abolition was partly accurate."

These lines clearly show that Eltis supported part of William's conclusion.

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Sangwook on May 31, 2014

Oops!!! I'm sorry. My question was about whether Drescher has supported part of William's conclusion.

Sangwook on May 31, 2014

Does "Drescher concludes that such support cannot be explained by economic interest alone(18~19) happen to infer that Drescher support part of William's conclusion???

Melody on June 4, 2014

Yes, exactly. Lines 18-19 state, "Drescher concludes that such support cannot be explained by economic interest alone."

Thus, this statement tells us that it's not just the economic interest that contributed to antislavery petitions outnumbering any other issue, but other things as well.

Therefore, we can infer that Drescher does agree, in part, with William's conclusion that Britain's abolition of the slave trade was driven by economic motives.

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