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Introduction<sup>1</sup>

Elizabeth J. Clapp

in Women, Dissent, and Anti-Slavery in Britain and America, 1790–1865

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199585489
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728969 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585489.003.0001
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The Introduction gives an historical overview of the movements to abolish the slave trade and slavery in Britain and the United States and explores the central themes of the book. It considers the nature of English Protestant dissent and the Puritan tradition in America providing a framework for understanding the religious issues covered in the volume and giving a brief indication of the theological orientation of the main dissenting traditions—Baptists, Congregationalists, Presbyterians, and Unitarians. The religious ideas, values, and practices of women from these backgrounds played a crucial part in prompting their abolitionism, helping them to overcome obstacles to their involvement and criticism of their ‘unfeminine’ behaviour. To facilitate an appreciation of women's part in anti-slavery activism, it examines the interactions between women, religion and reform and the complex issues these raise.

Keywords: English Protestant dissent; Puritan tradition; Baptist; Congregationalist; Presbyterian; Unitarian; anti-slavery; abolitionism; women; reform

Chapter.  9068 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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