‘Domestic publicity’

Anne Stott

in Wilberforce

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199699391
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739132 | DOI:
‘Domestic publicity’

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This chapter, which is thematically rather than chronologically based, introduces the third part of the book and depicts Wilberforce in his domestic setting. One of the chief reasons for his hatred of the slave system was the fact that the slaves were denied family life. He attached great importance to the Christian idea of the ‘good death’, and saw heaven in domestic terms as a site of family reunion. His intervention in the cases of Mary Anne Clarke and Queen Caroline show the importance of domestic ideology in his political campaigns. His parliamentary attack on Captain John Kimber and the Hindu practice of sati show his concern for non-European women. In 1822 he received the widow and daughters of Henri Christophe, the former King of Haiti. His meeting with Madame de Staël is described. The chapter ends with a discussion of his relationship with his wife, Barbara Spooner.

Keywords: William Wilberforce; domestic ideology; good death; Mary Anne Clarke; Queen Caroline; Captain John Kimber; sati; Henri Christophe; Madame de Staël; Barbara Spooner Wilberforce

Chapter.  9035 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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