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18th-Century Quakers Led Sugar Boycott To Protest Against Slavery

Art of Quakers holding goods, while dark skinned natives bring more to them

In the 1780s, British and American Quakers launched an extensive and unprecedented propaganda campaign against slavery and slave-labor products. Their goal of creating a broad nondenominational antislavery movement culminated in a boycott of slave-grown sugar in 1791 supported by nearly a half-million Britons.