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Introduction

Anne Stott

in Wilberforce

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199699391
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739132 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699391.003.0001
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This chapter begins with an analysis of Sir Samuel Romilly’s speech during the debate on the abolition of the slave trade in 1807. This speech reflected the growing influence of the ideology of domesticity and the argument that the affectionate ties formed within the family enabled people to develop the quality of sympathy that formed the basis of moral discernment and action. This ideology took place within a growing relaxation in family relationships. It is argued that the men and women of the Clapham sect brought their distinctive Evangelical piety into their patterns of courtships and marriage, their philosophy of child-rearing, and their strategies in coping with death and bereavement. The structure of the book is explained and the nature of the sources analysed.

Keywords: Sir Samuel Romilly; abolition; slave trade; domesticity; family relationships; Clapham sect; Evangelical piety; marriage; child-rearing; bereavement

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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