Journal article

"Justice to India - Prosperity to England - Freedom to the Slave!" Humanitarian and Moral Reform Campaigns on India, Aborigines and American Slavery

Zoe Laidlaw

JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2012

Abstract

This article considers British agitation against East India Company rule in India via an examination of the Aborigines Protection Society and the British India Society. Founded by humanitarians and moral reformers in the 1830s, these organisations placed India within a wide transnational context, which stretched from Britain's settler and plantation colonies to Liberia and the United States. However, in the wake of slave emancipation, British campaigners struggled to reconcile their universal understanding of humanity with their equally strong confidence in the benefits of 'British civilisation'. Their nebulous and changeable programmes for reform failed to convince Britain's politicians and..

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