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In my last post, I focused on Hannah More's move beyond sentiment in her abolition writing, and especially through her famous poem Slavery, toward social action.
Here, I pick up where I left off, continuing the exploration of how her abolition poetry was written to urgently stimulate people, women especially, toward action.
There's some great lessons that we can glean as we look to address modern day slavery today through writing and other creative outlets.
In previous posts in my Hacking Abolition blog series, I explored the impetus behind Hannah More's entrance into writing about the transatlantic slave trade.
One tactic she used was appealing to emotion by highlighting the great injustice of slavery against fellow human beings.
However, she didn't leave it at that. More consciously made a move beyond emotion. This post explores why.
For Hannah More, slavery was sin. The acknowledgement of evil and humanity's propensity to harm others shaped her view of why slavery existed in the first place.
In Part 3 of my exploration of Hacking Abolition, I look at the origin and advent of More's poem Slavery which jolted the British Empire and pushed readers at the highest levels of influence of society, to look in the mirror and look at the heart of the slave trade.
If we aim to "hack" the original abolition movement in order to move the needle toward the end of modern-day slavery, then understanding how the original movement thought and approached their work will be helpful.
Hannah More, the playwright, poet, essayist and moral reformist helps us here. Part 2 in Hacking Abolition, a blog series about her life, impact and what we can learn.
The contemporary abolition movement has conjured up from history in order to retrace the steps toward the monumental goal to end slavery, in order to learn from the successes of the past.
One towering figure is Hannah More, the playwright, poet, essayist and moral reformist. Part 1 in Hacking Abolition, a blog series about her life, impact and what we can learn.
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