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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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Abolition in Britain

Abolition in Britain

(p.9) 1 Abolition in Britain
The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, 1838–1956

James Heartfield

Oxford University Press

Before the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society was founded, abolition movements in Britain drew on growing middle class activism, parliamentary reform and Protestant ideas of conscience. They were moved by the slaves’ plight, and drew courage from the apparent decline of the “planter class” in the West Indies and the example of slave revolts. Anti-slavery campaigners also leaned on the Foreign Office to bind British naval power and diplomacy to their goal, advancing the “right of search” against French ships.

Keywords:   Reform, Planter, Abolition, West Indies

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