Women, Dissent, and Anti-Slavery in Britain and America, 1790-1865 by Elizabeth J. ClappWomen, Dissent, and Anti-Slavery in Britain and America, 1790-1865 by Elizabeth J. Clapp

Women, Dissent, and Anti-Slavery in Britain and America, 1790-1865

EditorElizabeth J. Clapp, Julie Roy Jeffrey

Paperback | December 3, 2014

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As historians have gradually come to recognize, the involvement of women was central to the anti-slavery cause in both Britain and the United States. Like their male counterparts, women abolitionists did not all speak with one voice. Among the major differences between women were theirreligious affiliations, an aspect of their commitment that has not been studied in detail. Yet it is clear that the desire to live out and practice their religious beliefs inspired many of the women who participated in anti-slavery activities in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This book examines the part that the traditions, practices, and beliefs of English Protestant dissent and the American Puritan and evangelical traditions played in women's anti-slavery activism. Focusing particularly on Baptist, Congregational, Presbyterian, and Unitarian women, the essays in thisvolume move from accounts of individual women's participation in the movement as printers and writers, to assessments of the negotiations and the occasional conflicts between different denominational groups and their anti-slavery impulses. Together the essays in this volume explore how the traditionof English Protestant Dissent shaped the American abolitionist movement, and the various ways in which women belonging to the different denominations on both sides of the Atlantic drew on their religious beliefs to influence the direction of their anti-slavery movements. The collection provides anuanced understanding of why these women felt compelled to fight for the end of slavery in their respective countries.
Elizabeth J. Clapp received her BA and PhD from the University of London. She has taught for a number of years at the University of Leicester where she is a Senior Lecturer in American History. She has published a book and several articles on women's activism in nineteenth-century America and has recently completed a study of Mrs. Ann...
Title:Women, Dissent, and Anti-Slavery in Britain and America, 1790-1865Format:PaperbackDimensions:226 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:December 3, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198725213

ISBN - 13:9780198725213


Table of Contents

Elizabeth J. Clapp: Introduction1. David Turley: Complicating the Story: Religion and Gender in the Historical Representation of British and American Anti-Slavery2. Timothy Whelan: Martha Gurney and the Anti-Slave Trade Movement, 1788-943. Alison Twells: 'We Ought to Obey God rather than Man:' Women, Anti-Slavery, and Nonconformist Religious Cultures4. Claire Midgley: The Dissenting Voice of Elizabeth Heyrick: An Exploration of the Links Between Gender, Religious Dissent, and Anti-Slavery Radicalism5. Carol Lasser: Immediatism, Dissent, and Gender: Women and the Sentimentalization of Transatlantic Anti-Slavery Appeals6. Julie Roy Jeffrey: Women Abolitionists and the Dissenting Tradition7. Stacey Robertson: 'On the Side of Righteousness:' Women, the Church, and Abolition8. Judie Newman: Writing Against Slavery: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Editorial Reviews

"On the whole, this is a solid collection. It is most valuable for its accounts of overlooked abolitionist women such as the immediatist pamphleteer Heyrick and the key 1790s anti-slavery publisher Martha Guernsey." --George E. Boulukos, Victorian Studies