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1999), xv–xvi; Yellin, Women & Sisters, 53–73; Robert Fanuzzi, Abolition’s Public Sphere (Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2003); Judith Wellman, ‘Women and Radical Reform in Antebellum Upstate New York: A Profile of Grassroots Female Abolitionists’, in Mabel E. Deutrich and Virginia C. Purdy (eds), Clio Was a Woman: Studies in the History of American Women (Washington, DC: Howard University Press, 1980), 113–27; Nancy Isenberg, Sex and Citizenship in Antebellum America (Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1998); Susan Zaeske, Signatures of Citizenship: Petitioning, Antislavery and Women’s Political Identity (Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 2003); Lawrence J.

Williams praised the liberal Clarkson who ‘personifies all the best in the humanitarianism of the age’ and the younger James Stephen at the Colonial Office who distrusted the planters’ motives, his work amounting to ‘a notable step in the protection of weaker peoples’. Wilberforce, in Williams’s view, possessed reactionary attitudes, including opposition to women’s anti-slavery associations. The failure in the 1840s of many abolitionists to oppose the equalization of the sugar duties so that West Indian free labour sugar went into further decline and Britain imported more slave-grown Cuban and Brazilian produce revealed the hypocrisy of the humanitarian-religious argument.

32 The variegated picture and evidence of divisions in other places have received coverage.

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