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The Ties that BindTransatlantic Abolitionism in the Age of Reform, c. 1820-1866$
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J. R. Oldfield

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789622003

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789622003.001.0001

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The Ties that Bind

The Ties that Bind

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The Ties that Bind

J. R. Oldfield

Liverpool University Press

This Chapter looks in details at the close personal friendship between George Thompson and William Lloyd Garrison, from their first meeting in London in 1833 to Thompson’s death in 1878. It explores in detail Thompson’s loyalty to Garrison, a loyalty that in many ways alienated him from mainstream British abolitionists. The Chapter also discusses Thompson’s role in raising British support for the Union cause during the American Civil War. Part of the intention here is to set Anglo-American co-operation within a personal context. The friendship between Thompson and Garrison sheds important light on how personal bonds underpinned the wider transatlantic abolitionist movement, at the same time accentuating the importance of international co-operation, not simply as an idea but as a lived experience.

Keywords:   George Thompson, William Lloyd Garrison, American Civil War, Friendship, Co-operation

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