Date of Submission
Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2016 John G. Hyatt
This thesis explores the growth of antislavery sentiment in the English-speaking world during the eighteenth century. I examine the institutional processes, transatlantic discourses, and ideological schema with which individuals and groups reformulated their identities as a means of extricating themselves from slavery's various social, economic, and ethical implications. I argue that abolitionism in England is best understood as the cumulative outcome to a series of identity reconstructions, and that a Histoire des Mentalités, as drawn from the Annales School, is an apt methodology for unmasking the structural underpinnings of an antislavery identity.
Hyatt, John Gilbert, "The Development of an English Antislavery Identity in the Eighteenth Century" (2016). CMC Senior Theses. 1367.