Anna Letitia Barbauld — abolitionist, educator, and writer
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Barbauld, Anna Letitia
Epistle to William Wilberforce, Esq., on the Rejection of the Bill for Abolishing the Slave Trade
London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1791
Anna Letitia Barbauld was one of the leading writers of early Romanticism. Her poetry and essays express her political advocacy for peace, liberty, and independence of thought. She edited The Female Speaker, a book used to educate girls. A Unitarian and strong proponent of abolition, she wrote against those who supported the slave trade, as witnessed in her Epistle. Barbauld taught English, wrote primers, and with her husband ran a school for boys. Their school took in female boarding students as well.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia, Epistle to William Wilberforce, Esq., on the Rejection of the Bill for Abolishing the Slave Trade, London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1791, Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Accessed March 04, 2021, https://exhibits.library.duke.edu/exhibits/show/baskin/item/4059