by Henry William Pickersgill
After some success as a fashionable playwright, More turned to the serious work of an evangelical reformer. From the 1780s, she wrote numerous treatises attacking moral laxity, fashion and female independence. Most influential were her 'Cheap Repository Tracts', which sold for a penny and reached millions. These took the form of 'improving tales' which sought to reform the poor by emphasising sobriety, hard work, religion and pride in Britain's constitution.
In 1790 (long after Mansfield's 1772 Judgement that many believed meant Africans could not be forced to leave England), Hannah More, the well-known writer and active anti-slavery campaigner, saw a woman who had run away in Bristol betrayed from her hiding place in the top of a house. The woman was forced onto a ship that would return her to a life of brutal slavery in the West Indies.
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William Eggleston was closely associated with the alternative music scene in Memphis. Revisit our 2016 exhibition and listen to a special playlist.
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