Freedom Burning: Anti-slavery And Empire In Victorian Britain by Richard HuzzeyFreedom Burning: Anti-slavery And Empire In Victorian Britain by Richard Huzzey

Freedom Burning: Anti-slavery And Empire In Victorian Britain

byRichard Huzzey

Hardcover | August 28, 2012

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After Britain abolished slavery throughout most of its empire in 1834, Victorians adopted a creed of "anti-slavery" as a vital part of their national identity and sense of moral superiority to other civilizations. The British government used diplomacy, pressure, and violence to suppress the slave trade, while the Royal Navy enforced abolition worldwide and an anxious public debated the true responsibilities of an anti-slavery nation. This crusade was far from altruistic or compassionate, but Richard Huzzey argues that it forged national debates and political culture long after the famous abolitionist campaigns of William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarkson had faded into memory. These anti-slavery passions shaped racist and imperialist prejudices, new forms of coerced labor, and the expansion of colonial possessions.

In a sweeping narrative that spans the globe, Freedom Burning explores the intersection of philanthropic, imperial, and economic interests that underlay Britain's anti-slavery zeal— from London to Liberia, the Sudan to South Africa, Canada to the Caribbean, and the British East India Company to the Confederate States of America. Through careful attention to popular culture, official records, and private papers, Huzzey rewrites the history of the British Empire and a century-long effort to end the global trade in human lives.

Richard Huzzey is Lecturer in History at Plymouth University.
Title:Freedom Burning: Anti-slavery And Empire In Victorian BritainFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.39 inPublished:August 28, 2012Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Freedom Burning

1. An Anti-Slavery Nation
Division and Diversity
Abolitionists and Anti-Slavery

2. Uncle Tom's Britain
Geologies of Emancipation
A Great, Unseen, Gigantic Power

3. The Anti-Slavery State
Anti-Slavers in Disguise
Britain’s Anti-Slavery World System
Consensus, Conflict, and Partisanship

4. Britons’ Unreal Freedom
Slavery and British Society
Wage Slavery
Sweetening the Condition of England

5. Power, Prosperity, and Liberty
Cheap Sugar Means Cheap Slaves?
Moral Economies
The Benevolent Crotchet
Free Labor and World Power

6. Africa Burning
Improvement and the Slave Trade
Anti-Slavery Imperialism
Decoy Elephants
Anti-Slavery and the Scramble for Africa
Imperial Motives
7. The Anti-Slavery Empire
From Bombay to Morant Bay
The Road to Hell
Race, Free Labor, and Seeing Too Far

8. Ideologies of Freedom
Elite and Popular Anti-Slaveries
Anti-Slavery as Ideology
Anti-Slavery Ends and Means

List of Abbreviations

Editorial Reviews

"In Freedom Burning, Richard Huzzey launches a provocative and beautifully written statement of the importance of antislavery as the motive force of British imperial policy and expansion. His study spans not only an extraordinarily ambitious range of imperial sites, from the West Indies to West Africa to East Africa, but also an extended time period, running the length of the nineteenth century. The book thus connects colony with metropole and the emancipation period with the race for Africa." —Nicholas Draper, University College London, Journal of British Studies (July 2013)