Gilder Lehrman Book Breaks features the most exciting history scholars in America discussing their books live with host William Roka, followed by a Q&A with home audiences.
Join us online on Sunday, October 18 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET (9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT) with Christopher Leslie Brown, as he discusses his book “Moral Capital:
Foundations of British Abolitionism.”
Revisiting the origins of the British antislavery movement of the late eighteenth century, Christopher Leslie Brown challenges prevailing scholarly arguments that locate the roots of abolitionism in economic determinism or bourgeois humanitarianism. Brown instead connects the shift from sentiment to action to changing views of empire and nation in Britain at the time, particularly the anxieties and dislocations spurred by the American Revolution.
Demonstrating how challenges to the slave system could serve as a mark of virtue rather than evidence of eccentricity, Brown shows that the abolitionist movement derived its power from a profound yearning for moral worth in the aftermath of defeat and American independence. Thus abolitionism proved to be a cause for the abolitionists themselves as much as for enslaved Africans.
Purchase books for Book Breaks at https://bookshop.org/shop/GilderLehrman.
All purchases support the Gilder Lehrman Institute and independent bookstores.
Everyone who registers will be sent a Zoom meeting link and instructions in the confirmation email.
For more information, please contact us at email@example.com or visit us at gilderlehrman.org/bookbreaks.