Free-Trade Ideology and Transatlantic Abolitionism: A Historiography
Journal of the History of Economic Thought
Cambridge University Press
This essay seeks to trace the many—and often conflicting—economic ideological interpretations of the transatlantic abolitionist impulse. In particular, it explores the contested relationship between free-trade ideology and transatlantic abolitionism, and highlights the understudied influence of Victorian free-trade ideology within the American abolitionist movement. By bringing together historiographical controversies from the American and British side, the essay calls into question long-standing conceptions regarding the relationship between free trade and abolitionism, and suggests new avenues for research.
Copyright © The History of Economics Society 2015. Author's accepted version deposited in accordance with SHERPA RoMEO guidelines. The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1053837215000103.
Vol. 37, No. 2, pp. 291 - 304