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Wilberforce: Family and Friends

Anne Stott


The book casts a fresh light on William Wilberforce and his friends in the Clapham sect by looking at their private lives as revealed primarily in their voluminous family correspondence, much of it created by women. It focuses on three families: the Wilberforces, the Thorntons, and the Macaulays. The families were united by a commitment to Evangelical religion and a range of philanthropic causes, most famously the abolition of the slave trade. While the men occupied important public roles they were also deeply committed to their families and to the ideal of domesticity. The ideology of the per ... More

Keywords: William Wilberforce, Clapham sect, Evangelicalism, domestic ideology, family, women, gender, childhood, education, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199699391
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699391.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Stott, author
Independent scholar, formerly of the Open University and Birkbeck, University of London