'I shall speak out against this and other evils': African American activism in the British Isles 1865-1903

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Abstract

Despite the onset of legal abolition in 1865, African American activists continued to be in the vanguard for defying transatlantic white supremacy in both the U.S. and the U.K. To irreversibly fulfil the failed promises of abolition, black women and men followed in the footsteps of their activist forebears to campaign and educate transatlantic audiences on global racism and the fact that U.S. slavery had never actually died. Based on newly excavated written and oral testimonies, this article examines the broad motivations of why African Americans travelled to the British Isles post-1865 and published their narratives into the early twentieth century.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-92
Number of pages14
JournalSlavery & Abolition
Volume41
Issue number1
Early online date6 Feb 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • slavery
  • abolition
  • African American activism
  • postbellum
  • transatlantic
  • post-1865
  • Britain and Ireland

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