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Travis Glasson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199773961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773961.001.0001

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“Themselves Under this Very Predicament”

“Themselves Under this Very Predicament”

The Society and the Antislavery Movement, 1765–1838

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Mastering Christianity

Travis Glasson

Oxford University Press

After decades of working to convert slaves, from the 1760s the SPG became embroiled in new trans-Atlantic debates about abolition and emancipation. While some accounts have seen statements made by some figures associated with the SPG as contributing to the development of abolitionism, this chapter reconsiders the SPG’s engagement with antislavery campaigners. It examines the multiple proslavery and pro-slave trade texts produced by SPG affiliates to reveal the depth of support for the institution within the Society. It also considers how the Society’s ongoing ownership of several hundred people gave it a prominent place in national debates about slavery’s history and future. It is a testimony to the strength of the Society’s embrace of slavery that its members remained unwilling to change their corporate position on slavery until forced to do so by the legal enactment of emancipation around the British Empire.

Keywords:   abolition, abolitionism, emancipation, slave trade, antislavery, proslavery, Parliament, Codrington, British Empire, West Indies

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