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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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‘Let Us Look it Up in Macaulay’—The Anti-Slavery Arms Manufacturer

‘Let Us Look it Up in Macaulay’—The Anti-Slavery Arms Manufacturer

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Zachary Macaulay 1768–1838
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This chapter examines Zachary Macaulay's work for total abolition of slavery. It describes Macaulay's strategy of using authentic eyewitness accounts in building up public opinion over the much more difficult cause of emancipation. The chapter highlights Macaulay's founding of The Mitigation and Gradual Abolition of Slavery and his editorship of its publication Anti-Slavery Reporter, which had paid circulation of over twenty thousand. The chapter also considers Macaulay's presentation of the horrors of slavery in Mauritius to the British public and the success of his campaign in rousing public interest against slavery.

Keywords:   Zachary Macaulay, abolition of slavery, eyewitness accounts, public opinion, Abolition of Slavery, Anti-Slavery Reporter, Mauritius

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