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The Reverberations of the Abolitionist Debate in the Italian States

  • Giulia Bonazza
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Abstract

The chapter is concerned with the international treaties and agreements related to the abolition of the slave trade and of slavery and with the juridical abolitions of internal slavery in the pre-unitarian Italian states. Both types of abolitions were often imposed by two main external powers, France and Great Britain. Different geographical areas were subjected to difference diplomatic influences. I highlight the contradiction between a campaign against the Atlantic slave trade and, tangentially, Mediterranean slavery, and the persistence of slavery in most of the Italian states, in particular in the Papal States. Pope Gregory XVI promulgated the apostolic letter In supremo apostolatus (1839), and the Holy See was also involved in this “Italian campaign” against the slave trade. I also analyse the abolitionist debate in the wider Italian context, discussing the abolitionist argument against the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as it was presented in Italian newspapers, annals and books; particular attention is dedicated to an analysis of articles from the Florentine newspaper Antologia, which was edited by Vieusseux. These analyses provide concrete evidence of the participation of Italian abolitionists in European intellectual networks.

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  • Giulia Bonazza
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