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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 Struggle Against Apprenticeship and the Origins of the BFASS

The Struggle Against Apprenticeship and the Origins of the BFASS

(p.23) 2 The Struggle Against Apprenticeship and the Origins of the BFASS
The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, 1838–1956

James Heartfield

Oxford University Press

The abolition of slavery in 1833 was half-hearted: former slaves were still forced to work as “apprentices” for their former owners. The anti-slavery movement was divided between the moderate Members of Parliament, William Wilberforce and Thomas Fowell Buxton, and the more radical out-of-doors movement led by Thomas Clarkson and Joseph Sturge. Sturge revived the out-of-doors movement, allied with Jamaican Baptist minister William Knibb, to overthrow apprenticeship. Out of that struggle the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society was born, and this chapter gives pen portraits of its founders and early officers, Sturge, Lord Henry Brougham, John Scoble, Samuel Gurney and Louis Chamerovzow.

Keywords:   Apprenticeship, Abolition, West Indies, Parliament, Anti-slavery

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