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Conference 2007

Women, dissent, and anti-slavery in Britain and America, 1750-1865

Saturday 19 May 2007


Conference poster 2007

On Saturday 19 May 2007 the Centre’s third one-day conference was held at Dr Williams’s Library on the subject of the role played by dissenting women in the anti-slavery movements in Britain and America. The fifty participants heard four stimulating lectures, two on British and two on American abolitionists, and there was much lively discussion from the floor.

The lectures were:

‘Martha Gurney, the first woman publisher of abolitionist literature’ by Professor Timothy Whelan, Department of Literature & Philosophy, Georgia Southern University

‘Women and transatlantic anti-slavery appeals: public opinion, political economy, and politicized sentimentality’ by Professor Carol Lasser, Department of History, Oberlin College, Ohio

‘Abolitionist women and the dissenting tradition’ by Professor Julie Roy Jeffrey, Department of History, Goucher College, Maryland

‘Dissenting women, dissenting voices: radical challenges to the British anti-slavery leadership’ by Professor Clare Midgley, Research Professor in History, Sheffield Hallam University

The following collection of essays arising from the conference was published in 2011:

Women, Dissent, and Anti-Slavery in Britain and America, 1790-1865, ed. Elizabeth J. Clapp and Julie Roy Jeffrey (Oxford University Press)


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