The Enlightenment, the evangelical revival, and American revolutions spurred new ideas about human dignity and abolitionist sentiment to end the slave trade and slavery. An outcome was the movement to evangelise Africa directed and conducted by black and white Christians in both sides of the Atlantic. In this paper a broader picture is presented than the familiar abolitionist trans-Atlantic discourse to the 1860s. It embraces the Christian struggle to end the slave trade and slavery across the whole of Africa at a time when European imperial control was founded on ideas and policies of racial discrimination.
David Killingray is Emeritus Professor of Modern History, Goldsmiths and is also affiliated to the School of Advanced Studies, University of London
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