This chapter demonstrates the ways in which dress can be used as a powerful interpretative tool, in understanding how the Quaker family, and especially women, engaged with antislavery activism in the 1850s. It takes as a point of departure a pair of unique photographs, dubbed here the "free produce photographs." They show the Clark family, of West-Country shoemaking fame, dressed in striking checked and striped clothes made from cotton not made by slaves. Thus they evidence an important but little-known activity in the Transatlantic antislavery movement, known as the Free Produce Movement.
|Title of host publication||Quakers and Abolition|
|Editors||B. Carey, G. Plank|
|Place of Publication||Urbana, Chicago and Springfield, USA|
|Publisher||University of Illinois Press|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2014|
Vaughan Kett, A. (2014). "Without the Consumers of Slave Produce There Would Be No Slaves": Quaker Women, Antislavery Activism, and Free-Labor Cotton Dress in the 1850s. In B. Carey, & G. Plank (Eds.), Quakers and Abolition (pp. 56-72). University of Illinois Press. https://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/52qeb6se9780252038266.html