"For How Could We Do Without Sugar And Rum?": The Semiotics Of Abolitionist Aesthetics

James Padilioni
This research examines Abolitionist discourse and praxis in Great Britain, France, and the United States during the period roughly spanning 1750-1865 and that correspond to the Anti-Saccharine and Free Produce Movements. To orient the line of this inquiry, this research emanates from the question: "In what ways did abolitionist discourse interrogate the prevailing ideologies of its time that supported the arguments and presented as natural the relations of power constituted within black chattel
more » ... slavery?" From the time of Aristotle, who argued that slavery was a domestic relationship as natural as man and wife or mother and child, slavery existed unquestioned throughout world history. The emergence of a coordinated abolition movement in Britain at the close of the eighteenth century represents the creation of a constituency of overlapping discursive publics, ranging from Evangelical Christians to free market liberals to Romantic artists, all sharing the goal of the abolition of slavery, but differing in their specific motivations and tactics to achieve this end.
doi:10.21220/s2-yjay-e692 fatcat:2dqxkgspbjaxnejtqt2cuvytlq