The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society

Hardcover | December 29, 2016

byJames Heartfield

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After West Indian slavery was abolished in 1833, the campaign turned to the wider world and the goal of Universal Emancipation. Veteran agitators Joseph Sturge, Lord Brougham and John Scoble launched the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society at a world convention in 1840.Throughout its long history the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society was instrumental in framing Britain's diplomatic policy of promoting anti-slavery - a policy that projected moral authority over allies and rivals, through naval power and international tribunals.The BFASS pushed for, and prepared the 1890 Brussels conference that divided Africa between the European powers, on the grounds of fighting Arab slavers. The Society was torn between its belief in the civilizing mission of Europeans, and its brief to protect Africans. Rubber slavery in the BelgianCongo, indentured 'coolies' in the Empire, and forced labor in British Africa tested the Society's goals of civilizing the world.This first comprehensive history of the Society draws on 120 years of anti-slavery publications, like the Anti-Slavery Reporter, to explain its unique status as the first international human rights organization; and explains the Society's surprising attitudes to the Confederate secession, the'Coolies", and the colonization of Africa.

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After West Indian slavery was abolished in 1833, the campaign turned to the wider world and the goal of Universal Emancipation. Veteran agitators Joseph Sturge, Lord Brougham and John Scoble launched the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society at a world convention in 1840.Throughout its long history the British and Foreign Anti-Slave...

James Heartfield has written on native rights for the Journal of Pacific History, Arena, the Fiji Times, and elsewhere. His work has also appeared in the Times Educational Supplement, the Guardian, the Telegraph, and the Times. He is the author of The Aborigines Protection Society: Humanitarian Imperialism in Australia, New Zealand, Fi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:8.4 × 5.4 × 0.98 inPublished:December 29, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190491671

ISBN - 13:9780190491673

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