The first full study of women's participation in the British anti-slavery movement. It explores women's distinctive contributions and shows how these were vital in shaping successive stages of the abolutionist campaign.
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Women Against Slavery

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The first full study of women's participation in the British anti-slavery movement. It explores women's distinctive contributions and shows how these were vital in shaping successive stages of the abolutionist campaign.
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Covering all stages of the anti-slavery campaigns, this comprehensive study uses hitherto neglected sources to examine the extent of women's involvement, look at the type of women who became activists, and consider the distinctive contribution that they made to the organization, activities, policy, and ideology of the movement. The close links between British and American women, which were central to the transatlantic abolitionist network, are explored. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203645314
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication date: 5/25/1995
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 296
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

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1 Anti-Slavery and Women: Challenging the Old Picture 1
Pt. I Women against the slave trade, 1783-1815
2 Participants from the First 9
Originators 9
Supporters 14
Radicals and reactionaries 25
Imaginative writers 29
Boycotters 35
Pt. II Women against British colonial slavery, 1823-1838
3 'Cement of the Whole Antislavery Building' 43
Organising 43
Funding 51
Informing 56
Abstaining 60
Petitioning 62
4 Anti-Slavery in the Fabric of Women's Lives 72
Middle-class organisers 72
Working-class participants 83
Black resisters 86
5 Perspectives, Principles and Policies 93
Pleading for her own sex 93
Immediate, not gradual, abolition 103
Pt. III Women and 'universal abolition', 1834-1868
6 The Transatlantic Sisterhood 121
Universal abolition 121
Co-operation and sisterhood 127
Leadership and independence 132
Race, sex and class 140
7 The 'Woman Question' 154
A dawning awareness 155
Controversy and debate 158
Steps towards equality 167
Anti-slavery and organised feminism 172
8 A Lingering Concern 178
War and polarisation 178
Freedom and aid 185
Rebellion and reaction 190
9 Anti-Slavery and Women: A New Picture 198
Appendix: Ladies' anti-slavery associations 206
Notes 208
Select bibliography 259
Index 266
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