In this project, I explore the concept and usage of sentiment and sensibility in Britain during the second half of the eighteenth century, with particular focus on the coinciding presence of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its impact on the empire. By the mid-eighteenth century, Great Britain led the world in slave trading and owning. As the age of British expansionism progressed, there was a moral shift from sentiment to sensibility—from sincere sympathy to the veneer of compassion—for “othered” individuals and peoples, and contemporary novels help track how the rise in commerce and Britain’s involvement in the slave trade was influenced by and influential in society’s perception of sentiment and sensibility. Exploring different variations of sensibility reveals that it helped the slave trade flourish. This is supported by the eventual denouncement of sensibility which coincides with the beginning of the slave trade’s end.