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The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, 1838–1956: A History

James Heartfield


This is the first comprehensive history of the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society (BFASS), from its founding in 1838. The Society, set up by Quaker Joseph Sturge and Lord Henry Brougham after the abolition of slavery in the Empire, married the campaigning anti-slavery movement with the British mission to civilize the world. The BFASS took up the cause of slavery practiced by other countries, often rivals, like the United States, France, Spain and Portugal, creating a new model of human rights diplomacy. Championing British rule, though often being critical of government policy, put the s ... More

Keywords: Slavery, Anti-slavery, Africa, Abolition, Colonialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190491673
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190491673.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Heartfield, author