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‘We Ought to Obey God rather than Man’: Women, Anti-Slavery, and Nonconformist Religious Cultures<sup>1</sup>

Alison Twells

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/9780199585489.003.0004
‘We Ought to Obey God rather than Man’: Women, Anti-Slavery, and Nonconformist Religious Cultures1

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This chapter explores the involvement of English Baptist and Congregational women in the anti-slavery movement in the 1820s and 1830s. Focusing on Mary-Anne Rawson (1801-1887), a Congregationalist in Sheffield, and Maria Grace Saffery (1772-1858) and Anne Whitaker (1774-1865), Baptists from rural Wiltshire, the chapter examines the different articulations of abolitionist commitment by women: in public societies, school teaching, poetry and devotional writing. The chapter argues that a closer attention to piety and to local denominational cultures will yield a deeper understanding of the terms of women's engagement with anti-slavery and the wider missionary reform movement of which it was a part.

Keywords: Baptist; Congregational; denominational; culture; piety; anti-slavery; women; devotional writing

Chapter.  11065 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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