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Josiah Wedgewood's 'Am I Not a Man and a Brother', a popular abolitionist motif of the eighteenth century

British Abolitionists

These pages contain detailed information on British abolitionists of the eighteenth and ninteenth centuries. Included are those men and women who worked in the political campaign against slavery, but also those who wrote antislavery poems, novels, and plays. I have included abolitionists who lived in the British colonies, which for most of the eighteenth century included North America, as well as those who spent their entire lives in the British Isles. Each entry contains a biography, a bibliography and, where possible, an image.

James Beattie (1735-1803)

Anthony Benezet (1713-1784)

Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910)

Samuel Bowly (1802-1884)

Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton (1786-1845)

Mary Birkett Card (1774-1817)

Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846)

William Cowper (1731-1800)

Ottobah Cugoano (fl. 1788)

Thomas Day (1748-1789)

Olaudah Equiano (c.1745-1797)

Ukawsaw Gronniosaw (1710?-1774?)

William Fox (fl. 1791-1794)

Martha Gurney (1733-1816)

Francis Hargrave (c.1741-1821)

Mary Morris Knowles (1733-1807)

Joseph Jekyll (c.1753-1837)

Harriet Martineau (1802-1876)

Zachary Macaulay (1768-1838)

Sir Charles Middleton (1726-1813)

Hannah More (1745-1833)

John Newton (1725-1807)

Peter Peckard (c.1718-1797)

Beilby Porteus (1731-1809)

James Ramsay (1733-1789)

William Roscoe (1753-1831)

Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780).

Granville Sharp (1735-1813)

Joseph Soul (1805-1881)

James Stephen (1758-1832)

Joseph Sturge (1793-1859)

Henry Thornton (1760-1815)

Jane Harry Thresher (c. 1756-1784)

Carl Bernhard Wadström (1746-1799)

John Wesley (1703-1791)

William Wilberforce (1759-1833)

Ann Yearsley (1752-1806)

The names listed above are just a start and, in time, I hope to provide information on a great deal of abolitionists. Please feel free to nominate any British abolitionist you would like to see included - or offer to write an entry yourself; many of the biographies on this site were written by others. From the start of the eighteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century, thousands of British men and women campaigned against slavery. By contrast, there are only 365 days in the year and I have plenty to do. For that reason I welcome your contributions to this site.

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* The British Abolitionists Website was first created in February 2001 *
* This page last updated on 6 May 2016 * © Brycchan Carey 2001-2016 *
* This page is: http://www.brycchancarey.com/abolition/index.htm, first created in April 2002 *