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Cultures of Abolitionism

The abolition movement did not exist only in the corridors of power.

As one of the first mass political movements it gave rise to – and was arguably born of – a wealth of cultural productions including poems, novels, plays, paintings, cartoons, sculptures, songs, and a range of personal writings from spiritual conversions to slave narratives. In this session, Brycchan Carey will survey the culture of abolitionism in the late eighteenth century to show their importance to the campaign.

Dr Carey is Reader in English at Kingston University, London. He is the author of British Abolitionism and the Rhetoric of Sensibility: Writing, Sentiment, and Slavery, 1760-1807 (Palgrave, 2005) and the editor (with Peter Kitson) of Slavery and the Cultures of Abolition: Essays Marking the British Abolition Act of 1807 (Boydell and Brewer, 2007) and (with Markman Ellis and Sara Salih) of Discourses of Slavery and Abolition: Britain and its Colonies, 1760-1838 (Palgrave, 2004). He has also authored a number of articles on slavery and abolition for scholarly journals and books. He is currently completing a book on the origins and development of Quaker antislavery rhetoric in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.


Dr Brycchan Carey | talks


Date and Time:

26 April 2007 at 11:00 am


2 hours



National Maritime Museum
Park Row
SE10 9NF
020 8312 6716

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