JCB Fellow's Talk: Anthony DiLorenzo

June 13, 2018 - 4:00pm

Anthony DiLorenzo (Savannah State University), Barbara S. Mosbacher Fellow

"A Higher Law: Radical Politics and American Abolitionism, 1640-1800"

From the time of Rhode Island’s passage of an abolition act in 1652 to France’s emancipation decree of 1794, radical abolitionist ideas circulated widely throughout the Atlantic World. Important resources at the John Carter Brown Library reveal antislavery activity dating back to the English Revolution (ca.1642-1660) and extending to efforts by republican radicals to reshape the global order during the American, French, and Haitian revolutions (ca.1776-1804). In both the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as revolutionary fervor spread, conservatives reacted with repressive attempts to prevent radical politics from spilling over into the closely guarded domains of economic bondage and imperial expansion.

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