Slavery and Revolution

Monthly Archives: August 2011

‘Devoted Islands’ and ‘That Madman Wilberforce’

By Christer Petley |

The debate about the reform and dismantling of the British-Atlantic slave system, which began in earnest during the 1780s, threatened more than the economic interests of the British-Caribbean planter class. The rise of humanitarianism was one aspect of a new mode of British imperialism that also challenged slaveholders’ self-image as loyal and free members of […]

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