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Freedom Burning: Anti-Slavery and Empire in Victorian Britain

Richard Huzzey


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 over 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 the book argues that it forged national debates and political culture long after the famous abolition ... More

Keywords: slavery, anti-slavery, slave trade, William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson, abolitionism, British Empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451089
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451089.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Huzzey, author
Lecturer in History, Plymouth University