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期刊名称: History Workshop Journal
Volume:64    Issue:1        Page:48-73
ISSN:1363-3554

'My Voice Is Sold, & I Must Be a Slave': Abolition Rhetoric, British Liberty and the Yorkshire Elections of 1806 and 1807期刊论文

作者: McKenzie Kirsten
DOI:10.1093/hwj/dbm045

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页码: 48-73
被引频次: 5
出版者: Oxford University Press,OXFORD UNIV PRESS
期刊名称: History Workshop Journal
ISSN: 1363-3554
卷期: Volume:64    Issue:1
语言: English
摘要: This article explores the way in which abolition rhetoric was used in the Yorkshire elections of 1806 and 1807 to discredit candidates who supported the mechanization of the local wool industry. The 1807 election was held some two months after the bill abolishing the slave-trade became law. Amongst the candidates were William Wilberforce, already widely associated with the cause of abolition, and Henry Lascelles, whose fortune derived from West Indian slave economies. The way in which anti-slavery sentiment invoked ideas of liberty sheds light on the relationship between regional, national and imperial identities in constructing ideas of Britishness. Voters identified with rhetoric which evoked the empire, but they did so in ways that were highly localized and which gave slavery meanings more pertinent to circumstances within Yorkshire than in slave societies themselves. While powerful analogies were made between slavery and industrialization, they were cast in abstract moral terms which blunted the potential edge of class conflict, attacked alleged parvenus and endorsed concerns for a stable social hierarchy. The Yorkshire elections testify to the plasticity of public emotion about ending the slave trade in 1807 and suggest that we need to re-evaluate interpretations of abolition sentiment that regard it as either as a radicalizing force or as a distraction that muted political dissent in an industrializing economy.
相关主题: Slavery, Political rhetoric, Merchants, Political debate, Political candidates, Feature: Remembering 1807: Histories of the Slave Trade, Slavery and Abolition, Political elections, Political campaigns, Political speeches, Local elections, Abolition, Campaign literature, Great Britain. Parliament, England, History, Political aspects, Woolen goods industry, 1800-1837, Great Britain, Yorkshire, Elections, 1806, 19th century, Elections, 1807, Politics and government, HISTORY,

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