Newcastle: J. Mort ... And sold for the Benefit of the North Staffordshire Ladies Anti-Slavery Society, 1828.
Second edition. 38, [2, blank]pp. Half title. 8vo. Later buckram Item #365713
"The object of this compilation is to give a general notion of the condition of the Slaves in the British Colonies" (Advertisement), particularly relating to the harsh conditions of the West Indian sugar plantations. The work was edited and financed by Sarah Wedgwood, the daughter of the first Josiah Wedgwood, and sold to benefit the North Staffordshire Ladies Antislavery Society.
Clare Midgley, in her book, 'Women Against Slavery,' in discussing the important role English women played in the campaign against West Indian sugar produced by slave labor, explains: "Women were appealed to because in the domestic department they are the chief controllers; they, for the most part, provide the articles of family consumption… Ladies' [anti-slavery] associations actively promoted abstention in the 1825-1833 period… Comprehensive house-to-house canvasses were carried out… involving an enormous expenditure of women's time and energy. During these canvasses pamphlets obtained from the Anti-Slavery Society and propaganda produced by the associations themselves were distributed" (Midgley, p. 61).
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