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Zachary Macaulay 1768–1838The Steadfast Scot in the British Anti-Slavery Movement$
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Iain Whyte

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316968

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317057

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Attempting to Win France for Abolition

Attempting to Win France for Abolition

(p.148) 7 Attempting to Win France for Abolition
Zachary Macaulay 1768–1838
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines Zachary Macaulay's work in negotiating for French abolition of the slave trade as part of a peace treaty between Great Britain and France. It discusses Macaulay's encounter with Madame de Staël and the Duke of Wellington, and suggests that the failure of his efforts may be attributed to the propaganda to justify slavery and the resistance of the colonists. The chapter highlights the inactivity of many abolitionists in Britain during the period between 1815 and 1823, and discusses the implications of the French government's recognition of Haitian independence in 1825.

Keywords:   Zachary Macaulay, slave trade, France, Madame de Staël, Duke of Wellington, Haitian independence

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