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The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, 1838–1956A History$
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James Heartfield

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190491673

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190491673.001.0001

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The Anti-Slavery Society into the Twentieth Century

The Anti-Slavery Society into the Twentieth Century

(p.351) 14 The Anti-Slavery Society into the Twentieth Century
The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, 1838–1956

James Heartfield

Oxford University Press

At the opening of the twentieth century the Society was changing again. It was still more integrated into a growing imperial officialdom but the most forward of its leaders, Secretary Charles Allen, clashed with his committee. There were tensions in the Society over imperial projects and over the Boer War. The high watermark of interest in Africa was waning and the Society’s public campaigning fell away. Newer members of the Committee included Joel Cadbury, Sydney Buxton, and, for the first time, women like Lady Scott and Mrs C. E. Alexander took their places on the Committee. Fully on board with the “liberal imperialists”, and under the influence of the colonial administrator Frederick Lugard, the Society dropped its previous stance on immediate emancipation in favor of gradual abolition in Nigeria and East Africa. The Society supported the use of force against the Sudanese rebels and others.

Keywords:   Imperialism, Boer War, East Africa, Nigeria, Gradualism, Pacification

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