Christianity in Abolitionist Readings

British Romanticism at Georgia State University

(Written by Sofia Kravchenko.)

Christianity is clearly a common thread across abolitionist literature. This is not surprising, seeing as it was a very large part of life in England at this point in time. Thus far, there has not been one assigned reading which did not in some way reference Christianity. It has been used by Coleridge to appeal to his audience’s sensibilities, reminding them of their obligation as Christians. It has been used by Barbauld in “Epistle to William Wilberforce”, in which she explains that England will be punished by God for allowing slavery to persist and reaping the products of that institution. It has been used by More in “The Sorrows of Yamba” as a means of making the protagonist relatable to English readers. In much the same way, Christianity appeared in Equiano’s memoir, and it had much the same effect: it made him more relatable. Cobbett, however…

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