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Moral Commerce: Quakers and the Transatlantic Boycott of the Slave Labor Economy

Julie L. Holcomb


How can the simple choice of a men's suit be a moral statement and a political act? When the suit is made of free-labor wool rather than slave-grown cotton. This book traces the genealogy of the boycott of slave labor from its seventeenth-century Quaker origins through its late nineteenth-century decline. In their failures and in their successes, in their resilience and their persistence, antislavery consumers help us understand the possibilities and the limitations of moral commerce. The Quakers' antislavery rhetoric began with protests against the slave trade before expanding to include boyc ... More

Keywords: slave labor, boycott, Quakers, antislavery, moral commerce, slave trade, abolitionists, transatlantic economy, consumers, slavery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452086
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie L. Holcomb, author
Baylor University