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Author: WATTS (SUSANNA) Title: A Walk through Leicester: being a Guide to Strangers: containing a description of the Town and its environs, with remarks upon its History and Antiquities.
Description: Leicester: Printed by and for T. Combe, 1820. Second Edition, with additions, 12mo, , 6-100pp., folding engraved map of the town of Leicester, 5 nineteenth-century mounted actual photographs tipped-in, and 6 engraved plates tipped, modern cloth, uncut, spine faded. Susanna Watts was born in Leicester and was dedicated to bringing about the immediate abolition of slavery. She started one of the first fair trade campaigns, wrote hymns and pamphlets and even locked horns with William Wilberforce. When her father died, her wealthy family's finances became tight and she had to find a way to support herself and her mother. At the age of 15 or 16 she began writing to earn money, and as well as penning the first guide to Leicester, she wrote poetry to promote the emancipation of slaves. To be a young woman and a published author in the late 18th Century would not have been an easy task, so the fact that she prevailed shows how passionate Susanna was in her desire to make her antislavery views known. "They dared to stand up in front of all these men and say what they thought was right – two women from the provincial town of Leicester." According to Shirley Aucott, a local historian and author, Susanna worked on a periodical called 'The Hummingbird', which brought together different ideas on the antislavery moment, and she organised what must have been one of the first fair trade campaigns! She visited local households and shops to persuade them not to use sugar produced in the Caribbean, claiming that, "abstinence from sugar would sign the death warrant of West Indian slavery."
Keywords: Leicestershire ENGLISH TOPOGRAPHY Leicester Slavery
Price: GBP 145.00 = appr. US$ 207.06 Seller: Forest Books
- Book number: 33880