If early Americans desired slaves mostly to produce sugarcane, cotton, rice, indigo, and tobacco, what would happen if Europeans and early Americans stopped purchasing those products?
Would boycotting slave-produced goods and starving slavery of its economic sustenance be enough to end the practice of slavery in North America?
Julie Holcomb, an Associate Professor of Museum Studies at Baylor University and author of Moral Commerce: The Transatlantic Boycott of the Slave Labor Economy, helps us explore answers to these questions by leading us through the transatlantic boycott of slave produced goods.
About the Show
Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history.
It is a show for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world.
Each episode features a conversation with a historian who helps us shed light on important people and events in early American history.
Julie Holcomb, an Associate Professor of Museum Studies at Baylor University and author of Moral Commerce: The Transatlantic Boycott of the Slave Labor Economy helps us explore the transatlantic boycott of slave produced goods during the 18th and 19th centuries.
During our conversation, Julie reveals information about the transatlantic boycott of slave labor goods; Details about Quakerism and why the boycott of slave labor goods started with Quakers; And what impact the boycott of slave labor goods had on the quest to end slavery in the United States.
What You’ll Discover
- The Transatlantic boycott of slave labor goods
- Quakerism and origins of Quakers’ antislavery views
- How and why Quakers originated the abstention movement
- The transatlantic tea and sugar boycott of the 1790s
- The 19th-century free produce movement
- How the free produce movement differed from the abstention movement
- The Second Great Awakening and the free produce movement
- Whether the free produce movement impacted the business of slavery
- How the free produce movement intersected with the anti-slavery and abolition movements
- The impact of the free produce and abstention movements
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Julie Holcomb
- Julie’s Baylor University webpage
- Julie’s LinkedIn
- Julie on Academia.edu
- Moral Commerce: The Transatlantic Boycott of the Slave Labor Economy
- Christopher Leslie Brown, Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism
- Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
- William and Mary Quarterly
- Karin Wulf, “The Art and Craft of Review”
- Episode 020: Kyle Bulthuis, Four Steeples Over the City Streets
- Episode 030: Shelby Balik, Rally the Scattered Believers: Northern New England’s Religious Geography
- Episode 045: Spencer McBride, Joseph Smith and the Founding of Mormonism
- Episode 073: Mark Noll, The Bible in Early America
- Episode 077: Rinker Buck, The Oregon Trail
- Episode 118: Christy Clark-Pujara, The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island
In your opinion, what might have happened if the abstention and free produce movements hadn’t started with the Quakers? If the movement had had a more mainstream start, do you think it would have been more successful?
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