American Abolitionists and the Virtues of 'Free Labor': Before and After Emancipation

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Exploration of prevalence of 'free labor ideology' among leading abolitionists including Frederick Douglass, and the shifting content of these assumptions from the antebellum period—when they were offered as an emancipatory critique of slavery—and the post-emancipation years, when its punitive aspects became more pronounced.
Period28 Mar 2008
Event titleConference on Commemorating the Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade
Event typeConference
LocationCharleston , United States, South CarolinaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Abolitionism
  • Slavery
  • Free Labor Ideology
  • Capitalism
  • Labour History
  • African American History
  • Class Conflict