There is renewed interest today in the study of early North American antislavery, and thus Quakers. Yet the French Atlantic dimension of Quakerism has been left unexplored. We thus found it useful to focus on the Atlantic world of Huguenot Anthony Benezet, a mere schoolteacher and the first antislavery propagandist of modern times. Benezet was born in Saint-Quentin in 1713, then left for France eventually to settle in Philadelphia where he converted to the Quaker faith. His antislavery ideas later had a major influence on Quaker communities in North America , but also other antislavery activists on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean at the end of the eighteenth century.
The conference gathers around 20 Benezet and antislavery specialists coming from France, Britain and the United States. It will be held at University Paris Diderot, Paris France, on May 30 and 31st. Bātiment Olympe de Gouges, Room 830.
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