From ‘Am I Not A Man and a Brother ?’ to ‘Ar’n’t I A Woman ? ‘ : Social Reform and Transatlantic Abolition (1787-1865)
Keele University in collaboration with the V&A Wedgwood Collection (VAWC)
Dr Kristen Brill (Keele University)
Professor Alannah Tomkins (Keele University)
Dr Oliver Cox ( Head of Academic Partnerships, (V&A)
Lucy Lead (VAWC)
Few current histories of the Wedgwood anti-slavery medallion probe beyond its immediate context. This thesis will properly place the Wedgwood anti-slavery medallion into context for the first time by investigating key issues surrounding global social reform and the broad and complex interconnections between the British abolition movement from the late eighteenth century, and American social reform movements in the mid-nineteenth century. It will explore the multiple and overlapping ways in which material culture (as represented in VAWC) could shape and galvanise the iconography and rhetoric of social reform.
British and American History (Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century)
and Material Culture.