chapter  2
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Sweetness and power: The domestic woman and anti-slavery politics

As Chapter 1 has shown, debates on the position of women in imperial Britain were interlinked with critiques of colonial slavery. Feminists’ use of analogies between the position of British women and of African colonial slaves reflected British women’s close involvement in all phases of the anti-slavery movement, from the campaign for the abolition of the British slave trade, which achieved success in 1807, through the campaign for the emancipation of slaves in Britain’s colonies, an objective achieved in 1833-8, to the ‘universal abolition’ movement, which continued into the 1860s.